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Orwell Prizes announcement postponed until Thursday 9th July

18 June 2020

The announcement of the winners of the four Orwell Prizes is postponed by a fortnight until Thursday 9th July. We will let you know what form the announcement will take as soon as possible. We want to make both the shortlisted and winning work make as muc… find out more

“We have never needed to support good social reporting more” – Orwell Prize Shortlists Revealed

21 May 2020

The shortlists for this year's Orwell Prizes are announced today, Thursday 21st May 2020. The thirteen books and twelve portfolios of journalism may have been written in a pre-Covid era, but they still resonate and speak to us about the world we might wan… find out more

Orwell Prize Longlists for Journalism and Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2020

09 April 2020

The longlists for The Orwell Prize for Journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils (sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation) are announced today, Thursday 9th April. The 27 entries, across two longlists, span a … find out more

Orwell Prize Longlists for Political Writing and Political Fiction 2020

08 April 2020

The longlists for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction are announced today, Wednesday 8th April 2020. The 25 books across the two longlists tell us where we’ve come from, and where we might go. From sweepi… find out more

An update from the Orwell Foundation

01 April 2020

Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on -- that is, badly. Animal Farm, 1945 The Orwell Prizes will be awarded to schedule, with longlists revealed next week We are experimenting with new ways to promote nomi… find out more

The Orwell Youth Prize in Hull: students to debate the future they’re striving for

04 March 2020

To take a rational political decision one must have a picture of the future George Orwell, 1944 This Friday (6th March 2020) sixth form students from across Hull will gather at the University of Hull to debate societal change and the future of technol… find out more

“Democratic accountability is a rough and ready mechanism”: Daniel Finkelstein delivers Orwell Memorial Lecture

26 February 2020

Earlier this month, Times columnist and Conservative member of the House of Lords Daniel Finkelstein delivered the rescheduled 2019 Orwell Memorial Lecture, on the topic 'How to Predict An Election', to a packed room in University College London's Cruci… find out more

Writers Kerry Hudson and Kayo Chingonyi to judge Orwell Youth Prize

27 January 2020

Foundation partners The Orwell Youth Prize have revealed that award-winning writer Kerry Hudson and poet Kayo Chingonyi are judging the 2020 Orwell Youth Prize, the theme of which is ‘The Future We Want’. The prize is open to all 12-18-year olds based… find out more

‘The Night Orwell Died’ – marking the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s death

21 January 2020

This is the story of how, 70 years ago today, George Orwell died. It is not wholly a tragic story. -      To mark the seventieth anniversary of George Orwell’s death, the Orwell Foundation and UCL Library Special Collections present a short film… find out more

Orwell Lecture postponed until the New Year

14 November 2019

We are sorry to say that we have had to postpone Daniel Finkelstein's Orwell Memorial Lecture, 'How to Predict An Election', scheduled for the 19th November, as well as the accompanying Archive Event with D. J. Taylor. We are rescheduling for the spring a… find out more