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The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. We award a Book prize and a Journalism prize every year. Read about the prize

Entries for 2015

The Orwell Prize opened for 2015 entries on 23 October 2014 for work published in 2014 How to enter

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May 22, 2015

Winners announced for the Orwell Prize 2015 James Meek’s PRIVATE ISLAND wins the Orwell Prize Read more

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October 1, 2015

The Orwell Prize 2016 opens for entries

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Church bells rung this morning – in celebration of the victory in Egypt. [1] The first time that I have heard them in Read more

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March 25, 1936

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