The Nine Dots Prize

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The Nine Dots Prize is a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas.The Nine Dots Prize

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The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box.

The question for 2020/21 is: What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?


The Nine Dots Prize is an international competition, welcoming entrants from across the globe.

The only stipulations are that applicants must be 18 years of age or over and that responses and the resulting book must be in English.

Entrants must submit their 3,000-word response, an outline structure for their proposed book and a justification statement of their ability to complete the book in seven months via an online submission form.


Cambridge University Press will provide support and editorial assistance to the Prize winner, whose book will be published by the Press in May 2022. 

The US$100,000 is payable in three stages:

  • on announcement of the winner;
  • on delivery of the manuscript to CUP;
  • and on publication of the book.

The book will also be made available in an open access format.

How to apply

For more information please visit the official website. 

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