The Burgess Prize

2016-17 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism

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2016-17 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism:

The 2016-17 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism is now closed for entries. Now in its fifth year, and with an increased total prize fund of £4000, the prize recognises imaginative, original, and thought-provoking arts journalism.

The prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony at King’s Place in London on 23 February 2017.

The prizes are being judged by writer and broadcaster Kevin Jackson, the Observer’s Arts Editor Sarah Donaldson, Senior Lecturer in English at King’s College Dr Lara Feigel, the Observer’s Associate Editor Robert McCrum, and the Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Andrew Biswell.

The prizes celebrate Burgess’s own journalistic work. During his lifetime, he wrote about many different subjects, including literature, television, music and politics. Examples of Anthony Burgess’s own journalism can be found here.

The winner will be awarded £3,000 and have their essay published in the Observer, as well as being offered a one-to-one mentorship with senior editors at the Guardian and the Observer. Two runners-up will also receive £500 each.

The winner and runners-up will be commissioned to produce new writing about the arts for the Free Word Centre, who will also award a European travel grant to undertake research.

Entries for this year’s prize are now closed. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Observer’s headquarters at King’s Place, London, in February 2017, held as part of the 2017 Anthony Burgess Centenary celebrations.

The shortlist can be found here.