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Write a Business Book Proposal & Stand a Chance to Win the Bracken Bower Prize of £15,000 | Deadline is 30th September 2015



Have you always wanted a chance to write that business book that will change lives? So what’s stopping you? Enter the Bracken Bower Prize today!

The organisers of Business Book of the Year Award (Financial Times and McKinsey and Company) are calling for young authors, with an interest in business themes, to send in their proposals.

It gets better… there’s a prize of £15,000 for the best business proposal.

About the Prize
The prize will be awarded to the best proposal for a book about the challenges and opportunities of growth. The main theme of the proposed work should be forward-looking. In the spirit of the Business Book of the Year, the proposed book should aim to provide a compelling and enjoyable insight into future trends in business, economics, finance or management. The judges will favour authors who write with knowledge, creativity, originality and style and whose proposed books promise to break new ground, or examine pressing business challenges in original ways.

You must be 35 and under (as at November 17 2015)
Published authors are invited. However, the proposal itself must be original, and not previously submitted to a publisher.
Only one submission from each author will be considered.

The Proposal
“The proposal should be no longer than 5,000 words – an essay or an article that conveys the argument, scope and style of the proposed book – and must include a description of how the finished work would be structured, for example, a list of chapter headings and a short bullet-point description of each chapter. In addition entrants should submit a biography, emphasising why they are qualified to write a book on this topic. The best proposals will be published on Co-authored entries are welcome.”

Please Note:
The organisers cannot guarantee publication of any book by the winners or runners-up. The finalists will be invited to the November 17 dinner where the Bracken Bower Prize will be awarded alongside the Business Book of the Year Award, in front of an audience of publishers, agents, authors and business figures. Once the finalists’ entries appear on, authors will be free to solicit or accept offers from publishers.

The deadline for entry is 5pm (BST) on September 30th 2015.
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Rules, eligibility and terms & conditions


  1. cynthia

    August 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Since April……

  2. sussy

    August 29, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    As in, since April we are just hearing about it now, anyway better later than never

  3. Chez

    August 30, 2015 at 2:04 am

    how and where is the registration done?

  4. Masha

    November 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    There are 2 Africans shortlisted for this prize! A Ghanaian and a Nigerian. Congratulations to them both!

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