Contest Name: The Orwell Prize
Categories: books, journalism and ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’.
Deadline: January 15, 2015.
The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, we award prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.
But we do much more than that: we take political argument around the country (see our events archive and YouTube channel to watch video of previous events); and as the only website officially sanctioned by the Orwell Estate, we publish work by George Orwell (including our Webby-shortlisted Orwell Diaries blog) and articles about Orwell.
The Prize was established in its present form by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick in 1994, ‘to encourage writing in good English – while giving equal value to style and content, politics or public policy, whether political, economic, social or cultural – of a kind aimed at or accessible to the reading public, not to specialist or academic audiences’.
In the Prize section of the website, using the menu above you can find out more about previous winners, shortlists, longlists and judges; the administration of the Prize; and how to enter the Prize. Visit our George Orwell section for works by and about Orwell, and our events section to see what’s coming up and our video archive of previous events.
1. The Orwell Prize is awarded annually in the spring, recognising work published in the calendar year preceding the year in which the Award is made. For example, the Prize awarded in May 2014 (the 2014 Prize) recognises work first published between 1st January and 31st December 2013.
2. It is named in memory of George Orwell, the British journalist, novelist and essayist.
3. The Orwell Prize aims to encourage good writing and thinking about politics. The winning entries should strive to meet Orwell’s own ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. They should be of equal excellence in style and content – the writing must be both political and artful – and live up to the Values of the Orwell Prize.
4. ‘Political’ is defined in the broadest sense, including (but not limited to) entries addressing political, social, cultural, moral and historical subjects.
5. Entries may be fiction or non-fiction. Unfortunately, we do not currently accept works in translation, or poetry.
6. At this time we are unable to accept self-published books.
7. There is no entry fee for any of the Prizes. There are no publicity fees. The Prize is entirely free to enter and there is no charge to the writer at any point in the process.
8. Individuals may enter as many of the Prizes as they like – i.e. a writer can enter the Book Prize, Journalism Prize, and Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils in the same year.
9. The Prizes are self-nominating – somebody involved in the creation of the work must be responsible for entering it. (This might include the author or their publisher for the Book Prize and the journalist or their editor for the Journalism Prize or the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils) If you think there is someone who should be encouraged to enter, please get in touch.
10. All entries must have a clear relationship with the United Kingdom or Ireland. This ‘relationship’ might include, but is not limited to, any of the following conditions:
Residency in the United Kingdom or Ireland
Citizenship of the United Kingdom or Ireland
Foreign correspondents for British and Irish publications who are based abroad
Foreign citizens who are resident or have a residence in the United Kingdom or Ireland at the time of writing and/or publication of their entry
Books published first, or published only, in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
- The final decision on the eligibility of a submission rests with the director and operations manager of the Prize, subject to the oversight of the Council of the Orwell Prize.
- If shortlisted the writer is expected to make themselves available for Orwell Prize interviews and attend the ceremony. The winners are expected to write a piece for the Orwell Prize website.
There are three prizes:
- The Book Prize, awarded to a book or pamphlet, whether fiction or non-fiction.
- The Journalism Prize, awarded to a journalist for sustained reportage and/or commentary working in any medium.
- The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, awarded to a journalist enhancing the public understanding of social problems and public policy in the UK, communicated across multiple platforms
In addition, Special Prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
- Following the closing of submissions, a list of all entries will appear on the Orwell Prize website.
- A longlist in each Prize will be published. Typically, this will consist of eighteen books in the Book Prize, twelve journalists in the Journalism Prize, and twelve journalists for the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. The judges may opt to longlist fewer or more entries at their discretion.
- A shortlist in each Prize will then be published, from the entries on the appropriate longlist. Typically, this will consist of six entries in each Prize. The judges may opt to shortlist fewer or more entries at their discretion.
- There are no longlists or shortlists for Special Prizes, unless the judges announce the subject of and invite submissions for a named Special Prize at the Prize launch.
- The winners of each Prize will be announced at the annual Awards Ceremony.
- The Orwell Prize is worth £3000 to the winner in each category (apart from the Special Prize, where there is no monetary award unless specifically stated).
- New judges are appointed each year, with a different jury being appointed for each of the two Prizes.
- Judges are not permitted to enter any of the Prizes in the year they are judging.
- Members of the boards of any of the Prize’s partners, or members of the Council of the Orwell Prize, are not permitted to enter.
- A completed submission consists of the entered work (see the individual categories below), a byline or cover art image with no rights reserved (see the individual categories below) and a completed entry form. Submissions must be received by the deadline, or bear a postmark from before the deadline.
- A winner of the Orwell Prize cannot reapply for three years for the Prize which they have won. This exemption does not apply to the Special Prize.
more, please visit: http://theorwellprize.co.uk/the-orwell-prize/how-to-enter/rules/
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