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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

October 21, 2013

Orwell Prize 2014 Announces Judges, Opens for Entries

2014 Prize opens for entries – ENTER NOW Sue MacGregor, Trevor Phillips and Robert McCrum to judge Book Prize Journalism Prize judges are Robin Lustig, Michael Parks and Paul Anderson The Orwell Prize 2014 opened for submissions this evening, 21st Read more

October 3, 2013

Guest post: Reflections of Down and Out 80 years on

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 David Cano Fernández to celebrate the 80th publication anniversary of Read more

September 20, 2013

Wigan Pier Workshops

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). We’re thrilled to announce a full line up of writers for the Autumn Sessions Read more

September 18, 2013

The Orwell Prize is recruiting

ORWELL PRIZE ADMINISTRATOR ‘My ambition has been …to turn political writing into an art.’ George Orwell Job Title: Orwell Prize Administrator (full-time) Employer: The Media Standards Trust Location: London Salary: in the region of £25,000 pro rata The Media Standards Read more

September 5, 2013

London’s ‘Down and Outs’ then and now

In celebration of the 80th publication anniversary of Down and Out in Paris and London we have a guest post from John Bird on the changes in tramping. Bird will join Brian Sewell in conversation at on the evening of Read more

August 16, 2013

Brian Sewell at Foyles with The Orwell Prize and Quartet Books

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). We are delighted to announce that this autumn we will team with Foyles and Read more