Our £3000 journalism prize is to be awarded at a ceremony to be hosted in London by the Observer newspaper, on Wednesday 21 February 2018.
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation announces the shortlist for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Now in its sixth year, the £3000 prize is for lively and thought-provoking reviews of new work in the arts.
The prizes are presented by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Observer, in association with the international centre for literacy and free expression, Free Word. Anthony Burgess wrote hundreds of reviews over 30 years for the Observer newspaper: find out more about his journalism in our archive here.
The seven shortlisted pieces were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including arts editor of the Observer Sarah Donaldson, book and arts publicist Liz Sich, director of Free Word Centre Roma Backhouse, writer Robert McCrum and deputy director of the Burgess Foundation Will Carr.
The shortlisted reviews are:
The prize received a record number of entries from around the world. The judges were delighted to read many pieces of exceptional quality on a wide range of subjects, including classical and popular music, television, fine art, book reviews and much more.
Anthony Burgess himself won few prizes in the country of his birth, but did receive the 1979 ‘Critic Of The Year’ award from the Press Association. As well as their cheques, the winners of the Observer /Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism will receive replicas of the small plastic plaque presented to Burgess by Margaret Thatcher. More about this famous occasion is here.