The Orwell Prizes 2024 open for entries

Wednesday 15 November 2023

The Orwell Prizes – the UK’s most prestigious prizes for political writing and reporting – are now open in four categories: Political Writing, Political Fiction, Journalism and Reporting Homelessness, sponsored and supported by the Centre for Homelessness Impact. Independent judging panels in each category were also announced today.

Named in honour of the author and journalist George Orwell, each prize is worth £3,000 to the winner. Highly valued and sought after, the prizes are anchored in Orwell’s values of clarity, courage, critical thinking and imagination.

Find out more about all our prizes and previous winners on The Orwell Foundation website.

The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness

This summer, Daniel Lavelle and Freya Marshall Payne were announced as the joint winners of The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2023, chosen by the judges from an exceptionally strong shortlist bringing together writers and reporters with lived experience and journalists shedding light on the issue and its potential solutions.

The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness is now open for entries for a second year. The prize is free to enter, open to all and comes with a cash prize of £3,000. We are looking for entries from anyone who has experience of homelessness in all its forms, from sofa-surfing to temporary housing. Entries can be submitted in any form, from vlogs to creative writing.

The prize is also accompanied by a second series of our podcast Down, Not Out, produced in partnership with the Centre for Homelessness Impact and the Prison Radio Association. In each episode host Paddy O’Connell, Chair of The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2024, speaks to guests with personal experience as well as experts in the field to explore experiences which often go unexplored in mainstream discussions of the issue, from the ‘hidden’ data around female homelessness to the challenges faced by young people growing up in care.

The first episode is available to stream today wherever you get your podcasts.