The Orwell Prizes

‘What I have most wanted to do… is to make political writing into an art’

The Orwell Prizes 2021

Each year, our independent judges award The Orwell Prizes to the writing and reporting which best meets the spirit of George Orwell's own ambition 'to make political writing into an art'. There are currently four prizes: The Orwell Prize for Political Writing, The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, The Orwell Prize for Journalism, and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils. On this page you can find out more about each prize and browse our previous winners and nominees. The clock to the right indicates the next key milestone in the prize 'cycle'.

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The Orwell Prize 2020 winners


Political Writing   
    Book prize

Political fiction   
   book prize

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead



Janice Turner

The Times

Exposing Britain's   
   Social Evils


The Orwell Youth Prize

Inspired by its own ‘Big Brother’, Britain’s most prestigious Prize for political writing, the Orwell Youth Prize aims to support and inspire a new generation of politically engaged young writers.

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