Profile and Aitken Alexander launch £25,000 prize for best debut trade non-fiction proposal

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Profile Books and Aitken Alexander have partnered to launch the Profile Aitken Alexander Non-Fiction Prize for the best debut trade non-fiction proposal from an academic. The prize is an advance of £25,000 and a publication agreement with Profile Books. Shortlisted submissions will receive editorial development and support from agents at Aitken Alexander Associates.
The competition is open to those with a PhD or an equivalent qualification, graduate-level lecturers in a University or College, and senior researchers at an institute or think-tank. The submission must be for an author’s first trade non-fiction book and must be focused on an area in which the entrant holds a post-graduate qualification.
Submissions must be written in English and take the form of a 3,000-4,000 word outline or essay setting out the intended subject, argument and approach for a non-fiction trade book. The closing date for entries is 30 April and the winner and two runners-up will be selected by a panel of judges that includes Ed Lake, Editorial Director at Profile Books, Chris Wellbelove, Director at Aitken Alexander, Matthew Reisz, Books Editor at Times Higher Education, historian and professor Margaret MacMillan and mathematician and author Eugenia Cheng. The winner and runners-up will be announced in October 2019.
For more information and to enter please visit

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