The Orwell Prizes

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

The Orwell Prizes 2023

Each year, The Orwell Foundation awards 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 five prizes: two for books (The Orwell Prize for Political Writing and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction) and three for journalism (The Orwell Prize for Journalism, The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils and The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness).

Finalists for all The Orwell Prizes are invited to The Orwell Festival - a series of public events to discuss the most important and exciting political thinking and writing today. The next Orwell Festival will take place in June 2023.

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The Orwell Prize 2022 winners

 

Political Writing   
    Book prize

Political fiction   
   book prize

Small Things Like These

Claire Keegan

 
 

Journalism   
   prize

George Monbiot

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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