The Orwell Prizes

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

The Orwell Prizes 2020

The Orwell Prizes, which include Prizes for Political Writing, Political Fiction, Journalism and 'Exposing Britain's Social Evils', 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’. On this page you can find out more about each Prize, as well as previous winners and nominees. Entry for the 2021 Orwell Prizes (for work published in 2020) will open in the autumn.

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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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