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We are recruiting a new Orwell Youth Prize Programme Coordinator

03 June 2021

The Orwell Foundation is recruiting a new Programme Coordinator (The Orwell Youth Prize) to join our small team. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the delivery and growth of our programmes for young people, building on current momentum to … find out more

The Orwell Prizes 2021: The Shortlists

27 May 2021

We can now reveal the thirteen books and thirteen journalism entries chosen by The Orwell Prize judges to go through to this year's shortlists. The winners of each £3,000 Orwell Prize will be announced on Friday 25th June 2021 (George Orwell's birthday).… find out more

The Orwell Prizes 2021: Booking Opens for Local Bookshop Longlist Conversations

20 April 2021

As part of our mission to promote honest writing and reporting, and provide a platform for discussion around the prizes, The Orwell Foundation is collaborating with some of the best local bookshops across the country to host a series of longlist conversat… find out more

The Orwell Prizes 2021: The Longlists

09 April 2021

The longlists for The Orwell Prizes 2021 are announced today, Friday 9th April. The books and reporting across the four Orwell longlists tell the story of a staggering year.  The borderless nature of the Coronavirus crisis is reflected in the internat… find out more

The Orwell Foundation is hiring: Finance Officer (part-time, 0.15 FTE)

11 January 2021

The Orwell Foundation is looking for a part-time (0.15 FTE) Finance Officer to join our small team. The ideal candidate will have experience of book-keeping and accounting practices using Xero or equivalent systems and of preparing financial reports. They… find out more

Deadline for 2020 Orwell Prize entries extended to 21st January 2021

07 January 2021

With reporters under immense pressure to cover an intense and chaotic start to the year, the Foundation is extending the deadline for entries to The Orwell Prize for Journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils to midday Thursday … find out more

New ‘Game Design’ Category Announced for The Orwell Youth Prize, ‘Animal Farm’ game launches

10 December 2020

The Orwell Foundation and the 'Animal Farm' game's project founder Imre Jele have worked together on a new 'Game Design' category for the Orwell Youth Prize. The prize is an annual programme for 12-18-year olds which seeks to amplify the voices that go un… find out more

Entry opens for The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2021 and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2021 after ‘year like no other’

02 December 2020

*Deadline extended to midday Thursday 21st January 2021* The 2021 judging panels for The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2021 and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2021 (sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation), the UK’s free-to-… find out more

Dr Tristram Hunt to deliver the first online Orwell Memorial Lecture – ‘Decolonising the Wonder House: Orwell, Empire and the Museum’

10 November 2020

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A and former Labour MP, will deliver this year’s Orwell Memorial Lecture, ‘Decolonising the Wonder House: Orwell, Empire and the Museum’. Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, managing trustee and honorary director of… find out more

Judges revealed for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021 and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021

19 October 2020

The 2021 judging panels for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the UK’s most sought-after prizes for political writing, are announced today. The panels will be tasked with choosing the fiction and non-f… find out more