The Orwell Prizes

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

The Orwell Prizes 2022

Each year, our independent panels award prizes to the writing and reporting which best meets the spirit of George Orwell's own ambition 'to make political writing into an art'.

The Orwell Prizes 2022 are now open for entries, with a revised eligibility period and a new system of finalists and winners replacing the previous longlist/shortlist structure. Winners will be announced at the Orwell Festival of Political Writing in July 2022, to be held in Bloomsbury, Central London in association with University College London.

Each year there are several milestones in the prize cycle, from the opening of submissions to the announcement of the winners. On this page you can find more information about all our awards, this year's judges, rules and judging criteria, as well as previous winners and nominees.

Book Prizes Close for Entries

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The Orwell Prize 2021 winners


Political Writing   
    Book prize

Political fiction   
   book prize


Ali Smith



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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