Lund Humphries, in association with Apollo, launches Emerging Art Writers Competition

Ashgate’s sister imprint, Art-book publisher Lund Humphries, is launching a competition in association with Apollo, the International Art Magazine, to find previously unpublished writers who are able to write seriously yet accessibly about art.

Part of Lund Humphries’ year-long 75th birthday celebrations, the Emerging Art Writers competition provides an opportunity for aspiring art writers to showcase their work to movers and shakers from the British art world. The judging panel comprises Lucy Myers, Managing Director of Lund Humphries; Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery in Chichester; Ian McKeever RA, acclaimed British painter and printmaker; and Thomas Marks, Editor of Apollo.

Lucy Myers explains: ‘Lund Humphries has a long reputation for producing beautiful art books with serious, well-researched and original texts which are relevant to both specialists and enthusiasts. We support writing which is analytical and thought-provoking, but free of critical theory. I very much hope that some fresh, interesting new voices will emerge through our competition.’

A similar sentiment is expressed by Thomas Marks, Editor of Apollo, who says, ‘Scholarly but accessible; intellectual but stylish; this is exactly the type of writing I’m trying to encourage in Apollo – so I’m very sympathetic to the ethos of the competition.’

Entrants are asked to produce an essay of between 1,500 and 2,500 words which answers the question: What, if anything, is the legacy of British Modernism in British art today? For more information, including full terms and conditions, potential entrants are invited to visit

The deadline for entries is 5 pm on 1 September 2014 and the winner will be announced on 26 November 2014, at Lund Humphries’ flagship 75th birthday event at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The winner will receive two VIP tickets to the ICA event, and Apollo plan to publish the winning essay in the January 2015 issue of the magazine. The winner will also win £75 worth of Lund Humphries art books and have the opportunity to meet with a member of the Lund Humphries commissioning team to discuss future book projects.

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