Entries are now open for the $100,000 Nine Dots Prize

The Nine Dots Prize is accepting entries for its second cycle. The winner will receive a $100,000 book deal with Cambridge University Press.

The aim of the prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. To enter writers are asked to respond to a question in 3000 words. The Nine Dots Prize question is for 2018/19 is: Is there still no place like home?

The Nine Dots Prize is open to writers around the world. The only restrictions are that entrants must be aged over 18, and their entry – as well as the resulting book – must be written in English.

To enter writers must supply:

  • A 3000-word (max) response to the set question. The winner will be required to develop this summary into a short book of between 25,000 and 40,000 words.
  • A 1000-word (max) outline structure of this short book, including provisional chapter headings.
  • A 1000-word (max)  justification statement of their ability to complete the book in the time given (approximately seven months).

The winning entrant will receive US$100,000 from The Kadas Prize Foundation,  payable in three stages: on announcement of the winner, on delivery of the manuscript to Cambridge University Press and on publication of the book.

The Nine Dots Prize has created a podcast to help those who are considering applying for the Prize, giving tips, advice and insight into what the Board is looking for in a winning entry.


The inaugural Nine Dots Prize attracted over 700 entries and was won by James William. The resulting book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy, was published in May 2018 and short extracts from his winning entry are available here.

Entries for the 2018/19 Nine Dots Prize are open until 11.59pm GMT on Monday 21 January 2019. For further details and to enter visit the Nine Dots Prize website.