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The Bracken Bower Prize 2017

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Judges include:
Chris Clearfield

Chris Clearfield

System Logic

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila

former Chairman Royal Dutch Shell and Nokia

Tina Bennett

Tina Bennett

WME, New York

Overview

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, organisers of the Business Book of the Year Award, are looking for young authors who can tackle emerging business themes.

A prize of £15,000 will be awarded to the best proposal for a book about the challenges and opportunities of growth. 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.

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Full overview

If you will be under 35 on November 30th, 2017 and have an original idea for a book which provides a compelling and enjoyable insight into future trends in business, economics, finance or management we want to hear from you.

The Bracken Bower Prize is named after Brendan Bracken who was chairman of the FT from 1945 to 1958 and Marvin Bower, managing director of McKinsey from 1950 to 1967, who were instrumental in laying the foundations for the present day success of the two institutions. This prize honours their legacy but also opens a new chapter by encouraging young writers and researchers to identify and analyse the business trends of the future.

The finalists will be invited to the November 6th dinner, New York, 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 FT.com, authors will be free to solicit or accept offers from publishers.

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Judges (4)

Chris Clearfield

Chris Clearfield

Principal
System Logic

CHRIS CLEARFIELD is a principal at System Logic, a Seattle-based research and consulting firm that helps organizations manage the risk of catastrophic failure. In the spring of 2018, his forthcoming book, tentatively titled MELTDOWN, is set to be published by Penguin Random House in North America, Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom, and others globally. In 2015, with coauthor András Tilcsik, Chris received the 2015 Bracken Bower Prize from The Financial Times and McKinsey and Company. Chris is a licensed commercial pilot and a graduate of Harvard University (A.B.), where he studied physics and biology.

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila

Chairman, Outokumpu
former Chairman Royal Dutch Shell and Nokia

Jorma Ollila was appointed chairman of Royal Dutch Shell between June 2006 and May 2015. In March 2013 Mr Ollila was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of Outokumpu Oyj. He is vice-chairman of the board of directors of Otava Books and Magazines Group. He is also a member of the board of directors of Tetra Laval Group and a member of the board of directors of the University of Helsinki. He is chairman of the board of directors and the supervisory board of the research institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA and Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA. He is also advisory partner of Perella Weinberg Partners and Chairman of Miltton. He is also a member of the board of directors of TBG AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Xinova Management Company LLC.

Mr Ollila started his career at Citibank in London and Helsinki, before moving in 1985 to Nokia, where he became vice-president of International Operations. In 1986, he was appointed senior vice-president finance and between 1990 and 1992 he served as president of Nokia Mobile Phones. Between 1992 and 1999 he was president and CEO of Nokia, and from 1999 to 2006 he was chairman and CEO. He remained chairman from 2006 until May 2012.

Mr Ollila has a master of political science (University of Helsinki), a master of science (Econ.) (London School of Economics), and a master of science (Eng.) (Helsinki University of Technology).

Tina Bennett

Tina Bennett

Literary Agent
WME, New York

Tina Bennett is a literary agent and partner at WME | IMG, where she specializes in narrative nonfiction, idea books, politics, history, current affairs, memoir, investigative journalism, and academic crossover titles.

A native of Swarthmore, PA, Bennett received a B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1989), a M.Phil. in 20th-century English Literature and Culture from Oxford University (Balliol College, 1993) on a Marshall Scholarship, and completed a year’s coursework toward a Ph.D. in English Literature at Yale University. She joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates as a literary agent in 1994, working there for 18 years before joining WME in 2012.

In addition to her work in the humanities, Bennett has studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and traveled to Moscow in January 1988 to visit and assist Refuseniks.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and serves on the board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.  

Isabel Fernandez-Mateo

Isabel Fernandez-Mateo

Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
London Business School

Isabel Fernandez-Mateo is the Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, where she has been on the faculty since 2004. She obtained her PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is an expert on how social networks influence career outcomes - particularly in hiring, job transitions, and career advancement. She is especially interested in gender diversity in the executive labour market, and is currently doing research on the access of women to top management jobs. Professor Fernandez-Mateo advises organizations on these topics and teaches a variety of related courses to both MBA students and executive audiences.

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ENTRY GUIDELINES

Format

● no longer than 5,000 words

● essay article with an argument, scope and style of a proposed book

● a description of the finished work’s structure

Content

● tackle emerging business themes

● identify and analyse the trends of the future in business, economics, finance or management

● focus on the challenges and opportunities of growth

● examine pressing business challenges in unique ways

Author

● must be under 35 on November 30, 2017

● can be a published author

● the proposal itself must be original & not previously submitted to any publisher

● you can submit a biography

● co-authored submissions are also welcomed

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Terms and conditions

For the full terms & conditions, please click here.

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ADVICE FROM THE FT'S ANDREW HILL

As one of the FT and McKinsey team that filters Bracken Bower Prize entries for our judges, I’m always pleasantly surprised by the overall quality - and I’m delighted a number of our finalists have managed to land publishing deals. Still, there are few do’s and don’ts worth bearing in mind:

DO give the judges a flavour of the book. Outline how the whole work would hang together, but try to write your proposal in the style that you would adopt, rather than in bullet points.

DO write as much as you can. Brevity is a virtue, but in this case you would be better writing 4,999 words than sending a few short paragraphs.

DO submit a book proposal - not a business idea or an advertisement for your company. This is not the place to get your business plan noticed.

DO think about the title - but DON’T agonise over it. Judges will look at the whole proposal. There are no extra points for a clever title. It will probably change if your book makes it to publication.

DO make your biography relevant. The judges don’t need your life story, but if you’ve done something that makes you particularly well qualified to write this book, make sure you include it.

DON’T miss the deadline. Some of our finalists admit they filed their successful entries with seconds to spare - like good journalists - but there are no extensions.

DON’T copy. We run longlisted entries through an automated check for plagiarism. Quotations are fine, but the computer won’t swallow large chunks of undigested text from elsewhere.

DON’T write in a foreign language. The optimist who decided submitting his proposal in Russian would catch the judges’ eye was sorely mistaken. English only, please.

DO have fun. Remember that we are looking for proposals for books that are “compelling and enjoyable”.

Andrew Hill is the FT management editor and helps organise the Bracken Bower Prize and the Business Book of the Year Award.

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2016 Awards

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To view photos of the Business Book of the Year Award, click here.

To find out what happened at last year's event, click here.

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To view the video of last years prize winner. click here

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2016 Finalists

Winner

• Nora Rosendahl for ‘Mental Meltdown

Finalists

• Scott Hartley for ‘The Fuzzy and the Techie’

• Igor Pejic for ‘Blockchain Babel’

• Nora Rosendahl for ‘Mental Meltdown’

View excerpts from the proposals

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Quotes from finalists

"Not only did winning the prize provide valuable funding for the project, it also validated the idea itself and gave me the confidence to devote time to seeing it through to completion."     

- Saadia Zahidi, 2014 Winner        

"Making it to the shortlist brings credibility to your idea, and with it, the opportunity for other audiences. As a finalist, you meet leaders at FT and McKinsey who are genuinely interested in giving young writers a shot. For aspiring writers, the potential upside is not simply a springboard, but a rocket ship."  

- Jonathan Hillman, 2015 Finalist

"When I emailed agents with the news that I was a Bracken Bower Prize finalist, all of a sudden, multiple agents read my proposal within the next three days."    

- Irene Sun, 2015 Finalist

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CONTACT US

Rachel Jones
Delegate & Event Enquiries
Financial Times
Louis Leslie
Bracken Bower Team
Financial Times