The Orwell Prizes 2020

The Orwell Prizes aim to encourage good writing and thinking about politics. Winning entries should strive to meet Orwell’s own ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. The Prizes are free to open and independent of any editorial agenda.

Entry for the 2020 Journalism and Exposing Britain's Social Evils Prizes is currently open, and will close midnight 13th January 2020. Entry for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2020 and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 is now closed. Longlists will be revealed in March, shortlists in May and the winners at the Prize Ceremony on 25th June 2020.

Journalism Prizes close for entry

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The Orwell Prize 2019 winners


Political Writing   
    Book prize

Political fiction   
   book prize


Anna Burns



Steve Bloomfield


Suzanne Moore

The Guardian

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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