Publishers! Authors! The Orwell Prizes for Political Writing & Political Fiction (2021) are looking for the books first published in 2020 that best meet Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art'. Enter via the online form before 30 October:
Panels will be announced shortly and entry to our journalism awards will also open later this autumn. This year's book prizes were won by Kate Clanchy (@KateClanchy1) for 'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' & Colson Whitehead (@colsonwhitehead) for 'The Nickel Boys' 🏆🏆
We have a raft of information to assist your entry on the website, from the full rules (please read these) to criteria and FAQs. If you have a question about the book prizes and you can't find the answer there, please contact James at Thank you!
Oh, and we should say, all The Orwell Prizes are free to enter, though we do ask shortlisted publishers to contribute £150 per book to the cost of publicity. And you won't have to pay to book a table at our Prize Ceremony (supposing it can take place in person).
And another thing: this year we're asking for digital copies (epub or PDF) ONLY in the first instance but we may contact you later in the process and ask for up to six hard copies📚

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