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 to the 2020 Orwell Prizes is now closed and entries are with the judges. Longlists will be revealed at the beginning of April, shortlists in May and the winners at the Prize Ceremony on 25th June 2020. The timer on the right counts us down to the next landmark in the Prize cycle.

Orwell Prize Ceremony

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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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