Posted on: 22 October, 2018
Application deadline: January 21, 2019

Nine Dots Prize – Writing Competition, CRASSH, Cambridge University, UK

The Nine Dots Prize is designed to promote and encourage innovative thinking and engaging new writing that addresses the challenges facing the modern world, especially in areas relevant to the social sciences. The Prize is judged entirely anonymously and encourages submissions from both experienced authors and new voices. We ask entrants to respond to a set question and the winner  receives US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press. Entrants must respond to the set question in 3,000 words and provide an outline showing how they would expand their response, backed up with relevant research and evidence, into a short book of between 25,000-40,000 words. The winner will receive editorial support from Cambridge University Press as well as the opportunity to spend a term at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), at Cambridge University, to help develop their ideas and focus on their writing.

This year’s question is ‘Is there still no place like home?’

The inaugural Nine Dots Prize in 2017 posed the question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ and was won by former Google employee turned Oxford philosopher, James Williams. The resulting book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, was published in May 2018 to critical acclaim (‘A landmark book’ – the Observer; ‘Switch off your smartphone, slouch in a comfy chair, and pay your full, undivided, attention to this short, absorbing, and deeply disturbing book’ – Financial Times).


The Nine Dots Prize is open to anyone worldwide aged 18 years or over writing in English. Entries must be submitted by midday GMT on Monday 21st January 2019. For more details and to submit, visit More information on the support available can be found from a series of short videos we have created, at our Youtube channel. We have also created a podcast on writing non-fiction creatively which can be listened to here.