The Orwell Prize

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

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 running (almost) to schedule. The shortlists were announced on 21st May, and the winners will be revealed on Thursday 9th July 2020. The timer on the right counts us down to the next landmark in the cycle, while below you can find out more about this year's lists.

Winners announcement

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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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