Launch debate 2013: A crisis in policing?


  • Roger Graef (criminologist and BAFTA winning film-maker)
  • Denis MacShane (MP for Rotherham)
  • Andrew Norfolk (The Times. Norfolk was instrumental in exposing the Rotherham grooming scandal)
  • Vivienne Hayes (CEO of the Women’s Resource Centre, specialists in gender policy analysis and a lead partner in the Safer Future Communities Partnership, funded by the Home Office, which supports engagement with new Police and Crime Commissioners.)
  • Chaired by Jean Seaton (Director of the Orwell Prize)


This year’s Orwell Prize will launch with a debate on ‘A crisis in policing?’, at the Frontline Club, London on Wednesday 24 October. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 6.30pm Drinks
  • 7pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2012 and announcement of judges
  • 7.05pm Discussion, ‘A crisis in policing?’

Entries for this year’s Prize will open on Wednesday 24 October 2012 and close on Wednesday 9 January 2013, for all work published in 2012. The rules are available elsewhere on our website, while the entry forms will become available after the launch on our ‘How to enter’ page. If you have any queries, please contact

The schedule for this year’s Prize is:

  • 24 October 2012 Launch and launch debate
  • 18 January 2013 Close of submissions
  • 20 March 2013 Longlist announcement
  • 17 April 2013 Shortlist announcement and debate
  • 15 May 2013 Awards ceremony, Church House