The Orwell Prizes

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

The Orwell Prizes 2023

Every 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 Orwell Prizes, each worth £3000 to the winner: two prizes for books (for Political Writing and for Political Fiction) and three prizes for journalism (for Journalism, for Exposing Britain's Social Evils and 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.

Book Prizes Close for Entries

Subscribe to mailing list

The Orwell Prize 2022 winners


Political Writing   
    Book prize

Political fiction   
   book prize

Small Things Like These

Claire Keegan



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.

We use cookies. By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies.Accept