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Jessica Johnson’s Orwell Youth Prize Winning Story: An Update

20 August 2020

The Orwell Foundation is hugely proud of Orwell Youth Prize winner Jessica Johnson, whose story ‘A Band Apart’, about a dystopian future where an algorithm splits students into bands based on their background, has been widely praised as prescient fol… find out more

‘George Orwell and the Battle for Animal Farm’: new film marks 75th anniversary of novel’s publication

17 August 2020

"This is the story of how George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, the mountain he had to climb to get it published, and the enormous personal tragedy which ran beneath." The Orwell Foundation is delighted to share an exclusive new short film, which is being rele… find out more

Orwell Youth Prize Winners Revealed: reports from the collective frontline of being young in lockdown

28 July 2020

1200 young people across the United Kingdom write on the 'future they want' (and reveal the future they fear) In the acres of Covid coverage, young peoples' future has been a political weapon for every side – school, jobs, and mental health all discu… find out more

Orwell Prize 2020 winners revealed

09 July 2020

The winners of The Orwell Prizes were announced today, 9th July 2020, in a special 'Telescreen' Prize Ceremony on the Orwell Foundation's YouTube channel and on Times Radio. The Prizes, which aim to encourage good writing and thinking about politics, are … find out more

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