Orwell Prize

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The Orwell Prize "is the pre-eminent British prize for political writing. There are two annual awards: a Book Prize and a Journalism Prize. They are awarded to the book, and for the journalism, which is judged to have best achieved George Orwell’s aim to ‘make political writing into an art’. Homage to Catalonia, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm and Orwell’s incomparable essays still resonate around the world as peerless examples of courageous independence of mind, steely analysis and beautiful writing." [1]

"In 1993, Bernard Crick (through his long connection with The Political Quarterly) had negotiated with them a guarantee of additional funding to launch and administer two annual Orwell Prizes for political writing, one for a book and one for journalism. The first prizes were awarded to Neal Ascherson for journalism and to Anatol Lieven for his book, The Baltic Revolution, while the first two annual judges were Barbara Hardy and John Keane (Crick was presiding judge each year until the 2006 Prize).

"With the growing reputation of the prize, Reuters in 2004 began to sponsor the prize giving. The prize is now recognised as the pre-eminent British award for political writing." [2]


Accessed May 2008: [3]





Web: http://www.theorwellprize.co.uk

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  1. The Orwell Prize, Orwell Prize, accessed May 29, 2008.
  2. History, Orwell Prize, accessed May 29, 2008.
  3. Whos Who, Orwell Prize, accessed May 29, 2008.