Before beginning the submissions process, please read our Submissions Guidance for Applicants 2022 and our Prize Rules 2022 to ensure you have met the criteria. Please note that applicants who exceed the stated word counts will be disqualified, so do check your documents carefully.
A summary response to the set question, which must be no more than 3,000 words in length. Should you win the Prize, you will be required to develop this summary into a short book of between 25,000 and 40,000 words. The summary should cover the main ideas and arguments your proposed book will make, the evidence and research on which it draws and the key conclusions it will reach.
An outline structure of this short book, including provisional chapter headings. This must be no more than 1,000 words and will show how you see your response expanding into a complete book and how you would develop your arguments, should you be successful. It is an opportunity to prove that there is enough depth to your arguments to provide content for an entire book.
A justification statement of your ability to complete the book in the time given. This must be no more than 1,000 words, and will outline your previous experience in communicating effectively about evidence, research and ideas, and a commitment from you that your responsibilities will allow the book to be completed in the seven month period.
All files must be submitted as Word documents (.doc, .docx) or in open document format, and should not exceed 5MB.
At the end of the submissions process, you will receive an email confirming that we have successfully received your application. If you do not receive an email within five days, please contact us.
The deadline for submissions for Cycle Four has now passed.
Late submissions will not be accepted so please carefully note the deadline date and time. Our deadline is always at midday (rather than midnight) on the submission date so the team are available to answer questions. The Nine Dots Prize cannot be held responsible for applicants missing the deadline because of technical problems when uploading documents to the site.
If you have any questions about the submissions process, please contact the Prize at email@example.com.