The Orwell Prize

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

The Orwell Prize 2019

The Foundation is delighted to announce it is launching a new prize for political fiction, sponsored by A. M. Heath and Richard Blair, to be awarded for the first time in June 2019. The prize, to be named The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, will be launched at the Orwell Lecture 13 November 2018. The Orwell Prize for Books will be renamed The Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and open exclusively to non-fiction. You can find key dates for all our prizes, including call for entries and closing dates, under 'How to Enter' on the menu above.

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The Orwell Prize 2018 winners

   Book prize   

Poverty Safari

Darren McGarvey

Journalism prize

Carole Cadwalladr

The Observer

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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