New Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness

Monday 17 October 2022

The Orwell Foundation is launching a new prize, aimed at highlighting issues around homelessness. Working alongside The Centre for Homelessness Impact, The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2023 will celebrate the art of evidence-led storytelling, accurate investigation and innovative policy reporting. It will amplify the voices of people with lived experience and reward the range of reporting, to explore homelessness in all its new and old forms.

Great writing and reporting can, and does, change the world and the very best of it is showcased by The Orwell Prizes each year. Much stigma is attached to homelessness, coupled with many misconceptions, which act as barriers to action to prevent homelessness and offer support to people who find themselves without a safe and secure place to live.  Accurate, evidence-led and impactful reporting and story-telling of experiences of homelessness – and what works to prevent it – are particularly important to change how the issue is perceived and discussed.

The Prize will welcome entries offering insights from precarious and temporary housing, hostels, refuges and shelters, initiatives to help people experiencing homelessness, street sleeping, sofa surfing, beds in sheds and all other forms of homelessness that can inform system-level change.

Entrants can submit creative writing, as well as video and audio content, photojournalism and social media material.  Entries will be encouraged from people with direct experience of homelessness and also open to established journalists, authors, artists, filmmakers and others. The winner will receive a cash prize at The Orwell Prize ceremony.

Professor Jean Seaton, Director of The Orwell Foundation, said:

In 1933 George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London put the vivacity of the precarious lives of those living on the edge of the chasm of poverty and with no home on the agenda. His project needs re-imagining. In 2023 the Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness will call up new ways of putting this solvable, shameful problem back on our minds and on the social and political agenda.”

Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, said:

To end homelessness for good we need new approaches and to find solutions by acting on evidence of what works and what does not. George Orwell also cared passionately about the importance of precise, accurate, clear writing and gave warning of how language can corrupt thought. We want to highlight and celebrate story-telling on homelessness that reflects the evidence and is proportionate, and thus enhances understanding and challenges false narratives and stereotypes.”

More details of current Orwell Prize categories can be found on our website.


  • The winner of The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2023 will be announced in June 2023. They will receive a cash prize.
  • More details, including judges and rules of entry will appear on The Orwell Foundation’s website in the coming weeks.
  • For more information or to arrange an interview with Professor Jean Seaton, Director of the Orwell Foundation, please contact
  • To arrange an interview with Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, please contact