Supporters: The Butler Society, Julia & Dick Crampton, The Gelly Family, The Oak Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/An Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Trádála, The Literary Review

The new Hubert Butler Essay Prize is intended to encourage the art of essay-writing with a European dimension and to expand interest in Butler’s work.

It is designed to reflect Butler’s interest in the common ground between the European nation states that emerged after the First World War; his concern with the position of religious and ethnic minorities; his life and writings as an encapsulation of the mantra ‘Think globally, act locally’; the importance of the individual conscience; and his work with refugees.

The prize is organised by the newly founded European arts charity HEART London, which promotes the best of European liberal values in the arts – values that Hubert Butler embodied.

Awarded annually, the prize is open to EU citizens.

The writer of the winning essay on ‘What happened to “Europe without frontiers”?’ will receive a prize of £1,000 and there are two further awards of £500 each.

The prize runs from 1st July to 3rd September 2018, with an awards ceremony at the Irish Embassy in London on 24 October 2018.