Friday 14 January 2011
Happy New Year – and with the start of the new year comes the end of the submission period for the Orwell Prize 2011.
If you would like to enter this year’s Book Prize, Journalism Prize or Blog Prize, submissions close on Wednesday 19th January 2011.
You can download entry forms for the Book and Journalism Prizes, enter the Blog Prize using the online form, and read the rules and regulations and values of the Prize in full in our ‘How to enter’ section. Books, journalism and blogs published in 2010, and which have a clear relationship with the UK or Ireland, are eligible. The subject matter does not have to be British or Irish – we are after political writing in the broadest sense.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
From the archive
Three famous Orwell essays from our archive were first published 65 years ago this month, in January 1946. First, there’s Orwell’s review of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, a major influence on Orwell’s 1984, called ‘Freedom and Happiness’. Second, another Orwell work on freedom of expression: ‘The Prevention of Literature’, about an English PEN event on John Milton.
And last but not least, there’s the perennial favourite: ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’. Orwell fan Christopher Hitchens (brother of Orwell Prize-winning Peter) wrote about the article for Slate over Christmas, though the Royal Society of Chemistry – marking the centenary of Orwell’s birth in 2003 – disagreed with both of them on the perfect cuppa…
The Orwell Diaries
The next Orwell diary entry will be published on 22nd January.
Over Christmas and New Year, diary entries were published on 29th December and 2nd January.