Nine Dots Prize, a new literary award will grant one of the largest cash prize i.e.$100,000 (£82,000), puts the Baillie Gifford’s £30,000 and the Man Booker’s £50,000 in the shade.
But interesting thing is here that new award will grant the cash prize in publishing—for a book not yet written.
The prize, which draw its name from a puzzle, is asking for responses to the question: “Are digital technologies making politics impossible?” Established writers and debut authors are invited to send 3,000-word answers. An outline of how the essay will be expanded into a 30,000 to 40,000-word book is also required.
The winner will be decided by an anonymous panel of 12 judges consisting of “distinguished academics, authors, journalists and thinkers. The panel is to be chaired by Professor Simon Goldhill, director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge University in the U.K. The winner work with Cambridge University Press to produce a book of between 25,000 and 40,000 words.
Goldhill, called it “an incredibly exciting and unique opportunity for thinkers to table big ideas that have the potential to change the world”.
“The board,” he said, “will be looking for entries that display originality in everything from the ideas put forward to the ways in which those ideas are communicated. Respondents are entirely free to critique, agree or disagree with, or reject the premise of the question, but they must engage with it fully and insightfully.”
The $100,000 prize is funded by the Kadas Prize Foundation, an English charity that seeks to stimulate research around the social sciences.
A new question is due to be set every two years. The deadline for entries for the inaugural prize is 31 January 2017, and the result will be announced in May 2017 and their book will be published in May 2018.