The Nine Dots Prize Submission


The Nine Dots Prize seeks to reward original thinking in response to contemporary societal issues. Each Prize cycle lasts two years, with a new question being announced every other October.


All those 18 years of age and over are welcome to enter but responses and the resulting book must be in English. We are looking for innovative thinking, whether this comes from new voices or from experienced authors. The Prize’s heartland is in the analysis of contemporary society and societal challenges, and we welcome responses that draw on all disciplines and cross-discipline thinking. Joint entries will be considered, although proposals that put forward a number of authors all contributing single sections (such as an edited collection) will not be accepted.

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The question: Is there still no place like home?

Submissions open for the US$100,000 Nine Dots Prize

Do you have ideas that could change the world but no platform to share them? Do you have an insight or viewpoint that needs to be heard?

Submissions have opened today for the next cycle of the Nine Dots Prize, which this year is asking entrants to answer the following question in 3,000 words: “Is there still no place like home?” The winner will receive US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press, for a book which will expand on the ideas in their response to the Prize question.

It does not matter whether you’re a known author or undiscovered voice, the aim of the Prize is to reward an individual with an original perspective on contemporary societal issues who demonstrates the potential to be able to develop this into a short book.

Everything you need to know about entering the Prize can be found on the submissions page of our website, and we regularly update our FAQs so please check there if you have any questions. The deadline for entering is 12:00 GMT on Monday 21 January 2019.