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The John Murray Prize: Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for The John Murray Prize

Those interested in entering should visit the main page here.

  1. The prize for this competition is an opportunity to have a book published by John Murray Press (“JMP”), an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton Limited (“Hodder”) with an advance of £20,000. The Winner will also receive at least two hours of mentoring and the Winner’s essay will be published in The Spectator.
  2. Entrants to the competition are required to submit: (1) a previously unpublished non-fiction essay of no more than 4000 words on the theme of origin and; (2) a separate outline of no more than 1000 words on how this essay could become a full length book. The essay and outline must be in English and must be double spaced.
  3. The entries will be judged on originality of the idea, how well it fits the theme, the quality of the writing and the potential to be worked into a full length work.
  4. A shortlist of up to ten essays (the “Shortlisted Essays”) will be chosen from entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The entrants who submitted the Shortlisted Essays (the “Shortlisted Entrants”) will each: (1) have their essay published by JMP as part of an anthology (with a flat fee of £100 for each essay to be paid, subject to agreement of terms and signature of the publishing contract); (2) have extracts from their entries and their names included in JMP’s social media campaigns in October 2018; and (3) receive a selection of four books published by JMP. In the event that the terms for publication of any Shortlisted Essay are not agreed, a replacement essay may be selected to be published in the anthology.
  5. The winning essay will be chosen from the Shortlisted Essays by a panel of five judges comprising Andrea Wulf (author of The Invention of Nature), Sumit Paul-Choudury (editor in chief of New Scientist), Amanda Vickery (professor of history at Queen Mary), Sam Leith (literary editor of The Spectator) and Stig Abell (editor of the Times Literary Supplement) (together the “Judges”).

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