A completed submission to The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2021 consists of a story which has enhanced public understanding of social issues and public policy in the UK – which may be illustrated by up to six pieces of content – a completed entry form, and a brief supporting statement (which the entrant may write themselves).
Stories may be told in any combination of media. The form should only take a few minutes to complete, but you will need to make sure you have the following items ready before you begin:
- Television, radio items and social media may be embedded or submitted as a permanent, accessible, non-expiring URL. Journalistic writing should be uploaded as a file (PDF or Word) and/or a permanent, accessible, non-expiring URL. Photojournalism should be uploaded as a file (PNG or JPG) and/or a permanent, accessible, non-expiring URL.
- To assist our small administrative team, if you are uploading any files to support your entry they must be named in the following format: entrant’s surname, entrant’s first name, article/item number (all one word, with no spaces). For example, Eric Blair’s first article would be titled ‘BlairEric1.doc’ and Eric Blair’s second article would be titled ‘BlairEric2.doc’.
- A photograph or logo with no rights reserved must accompany every entry (PNG or JPG).
- This year, to assist the judges, we are asking all entrants to include a supporting statement of up to 1200 characters (including spaces), which should be used solely to offer additional context about your entry, including but not limited to: the purpose of your project; why you took the approach you did (for instance, why you used a particular kind of media); any relevant details about the circumstances in which the work was carried out; the impact of the project on public understanding. The statement may be written by the entrant or themselves or by an editor or publicist entering on their behalf.
To assist with your entry:
Full rules, criteria and external guidelines are below. For more information, please take a look at the key milestones in the Prize cycle, find out more about the Prizes, or take a look at our answers to some frequently asked questions.
Once the form is submitted successfully you will be taken to a confirmation page: you will also receive an email to your submission email address confirming the details entered.