There are four key ‘milestones’: the launch and opening of submissions; the closing of submissions; the finalists announcement; and the announcement of the winner.
1) Opening of submissions and announcement of judges
New judging panels are announced each year. You can read about this year’s panels here.
Entry to The Orwell Prizes will open in November prior to the year in which the Prize is awarded, e.g. The Orwell Prizes 2022 will open in November 2021. All the Prizes are currently open for entries via the online forms, here.
As of 2022, there are different eligibility periods for books and journalism. These are one-off extended eligibility periods, to allow all the Prizes to transition to a new June to May (books) and March to February (journalism) eligibility periods in 2023.
- The 2022 Book Prizes is for books published between 1st January 2021 and 31st May 2022.
- The 2022 Journalism/Social Evils Prizes will award work published between 1st January and 2021 and 31st March 2022.
Rules and full eligibility criteria for all the Prizes are available here.
2) Closing of submissions
Entry to the Orwell Book Prizes will close on 28th February 2022, with final copies of books required by 25th March 2022. Entry to the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils has been extended and will close on 31st March 2022.
As of 2022, judging panels will select eight to ten finalists in late May/early June, form which winners will be announced in July. The finalists structure will replace the previous format featuring longlists and shortlists.
5) Orwell Festival of Political Writing
As of 2022, the prize cycle will culminate in The Orwell Festival of Political Writing, held in association with University College London in July and featuring finalists and judges from across the prizes and The Orwell Youth Prize, as well as other important voices in contemporary political writing and thinking. The Festival will close with the announcement of the winners.