The Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize


Notting Hill Editions is an independent Publisher devoted to the best in non-fiction essay writing. The Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize has offered a £20,000 prize for the best unpublished essay of between 2,000 and 8,000 words on any subject. Notting Hill Editions also supports the annual Curious Arts Film Prize. Future submission and date details for both will be announced here later.

The 2017 Essay Prize was awarded to William Max Nelson for his illuminating essay Five Ways of Being a Painting

Panel of Judges for 2017 included

Rosalind Porter (Chair): Rosalind Porter is the editor of two anthologies: Four-Letter Word: New Love Letters and The Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice. She has worked as a book editor for Random House UK and Oneworld Publications and is currently the Deputy Editor of Granta Magazine. Read Rosalind’s thoughts on the essay and the prize here

Sameer Rahim: Sameer Rahim is an editor and critic who has worked in literary journalism for 10 years. Currently Arts and Books Editor of Prospect magazine, he spent seven years working on the Books Desk of The Daily Telegraph. In 2013, his essay, “The Shadow of the Scroll: Reconstructing Islam’s Origins” was one of the winners of the Notting Hill Editions Prize.

Kirsty Gunn: Kirsty Gunn is the recipient of several awards and prizes including the Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature, the New York Times Notable Book award, the Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She is Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee.

Daniel Mendelsohn: Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally bestselling author, critic, and essayist. His essays and reviews appear frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, and he has been a books and culture columnist for the New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, and Harper’s. His books include The Elusive Embrace, a reflection on sexual identity and classical literature, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation, with commentary, of the complete poetry of Constantine Cavafy, shortlisted for the Criticos Prize (UK); and two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (2008) and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (2012). His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award (US), the National Jewish Book Award (US), the Prix Médicis (France), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Prose Style.

Travis Elborough: Acclaimed by the Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for more than a decade, His books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and The Long-Player Goodbye. The latest, A Walk in the Park is a loving exploration of public parks and green space described as ‘quirky and delightful’ by the Observer.

William Max Nelson

Image: William Max Nelson is a writer and historian born in California and raised in Maryland. He now lives in Canada where he is a professor at The University of Toronto.

The five runners up were:

Karen Holmberg, Garret Keizer, Patrick McGuiness, Dasha Shkurpela and Laura Esther Woolfson

The essay thinks, and while it thinks it seethes, it bristles, it adventures.

Brian Dillon

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