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April 21, 2016

The Orwell Prize 2016 for Books Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 was announced today, Thursday 21st April 2016. Three of the shortlisted books focus on the Middle East: Wendell Steavenson’s Circling the Square, Emma Sky’s The Unravelling and Jason Burke’s The New Read more

April 21, 2016

The Orwell Prize for Journalism and for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016 Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils were announced today, Thursday 21st April 2016. Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils recognises journalism addressing social issues ranging from revelations about HSBC’s Read more

March 30, 2016

Adjustment to Longlist

The longlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 has been amended due to the ineligibility of THE CROSSING by Samar Yazbek. The book was submitted in error in contravention of our entry criteria. The publishers have withdrawn the entry. Read more

March 7, 2016

The Orwell Prize for Books 2016: Longlists Announced

  THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR BOOKS 2016 LONGLIST ANNOUNCED #OrwellPrize2016 For immediate release The Longlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 was announced today, Monday 7th March 2016. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Read more

March 2, 2016

The Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016: Longlists announced

Longlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, were announced today, Wednesday 2nd March 2016. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year to Read more

October 28, 2015

The Orwell Prize 2016 Launches and Announces Judges

Second Year of Joseph Rowntree Foundation – sponsored Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils to be judged by Emily Ashton, Faisal Islam, Nicholas Timmins, Julia Unwin Book prize to be judged by Andrew Gamble, Read more

July 31, 2015

Applications close for administrator of the Orwell Prize

Applications for the position of administrator of the Orwell Prize, which opened for submissions on a rolling basis on 7 July 2015, are now closed. Please contact Alex Bartram at alex.bartram@theorwellprize.co.uk or 0207 848 7930 with any comments or queries. Read more

July 7, 2015

The Orwell Prize opens applications for administrator

Update 31/07/2015: Please note that applications for this position are now closed.   The Orwell Prize is looking for a new full-time administrator. £25,000 p.a. (one year contract, with an initial three month probationary period). The Orwell Prize is Britain’s Read more

July 6, 2015

Ken Macdonald QC becomes new Chair of the Orwell Prize

Ken Macdonald QC, Warden of Wadham College and former Director of Public Prosecutions, to head prestigious prize for political writing The Orwell Prize announced today that Ken Macdonald QC, Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, has become the Chair of its Read more

May 22, 2015

The Orwell Prize 2015 Winners

Winners announced for the Orwell Prize 2015 James Meek’s PRIVATE ISLAND wins the Orwell Prize for Books The Guardian’s Middle East reporter Martin Chulov wins Journalism Prize for work on Islamic State Alison Holt of BBC wins new Joseph Rowntree Read more

May 1, 2015

The Orwell Prize 2015 Shortlists announced

  Six Books, journalists, and pieces of social reporting announced for the Orwell Prize Shortlist First-time writers on Book Prize shortlist: Louisa Lim’s The People’s Republic of Amnesia and Dan Davies’ book on Jimmy Savile In Plain Sight Journalism Prize shortlist Read more

March 25, 2015

The Orwell Prize 2015 Longlists announced

12 Books, 15 Journalists, and 14 pieces of social reporting announced for Orwell Prize Longlist 2015 - Book Prize longlist includes four first-time authors as well as several established political writers - Journalism Prize longlist includes Economist writer Rosie Blau Read more

October 28, 2014

The Orwell Prize Announces Judges and Opens for Entries

  2015 Prize opens for entries Prestigious new reporting prize announced, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, for exposing Britain’s social evils New Orwell/JRF prize to be judged by Anushka Asthana, Richard Sambrook, Nicholas Timmins, Julia Unwin Book prize to Read more

June 19, 2014

Photos from the 2014 Prize Ceremony

Photos from the Orwell Prize 2014 Prize Ceremony and 21st Anniversary Celebration are now posted on our facebook page. To see the 2014 winners, click here. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to Birkbeck Department of Politics for Read more

October 27, 2013

A Very British Killing: Looking for the Devil in the Detail

The Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, is supported by the Media Standards Trust, Political Quarterly, AM Heath and Richard Blair (Orwell’s son). A guest post by A.T.Williams, winner of The Orwell Prize for Books 2013 Baha Read more