The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism
- The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism
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The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism:
The Observer / Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism is currently closed to entries. You can see the current shortlist here. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the Prize.
This is a review writing competition with a prize fund of £4,000 and a chance to be published in the Observer newspaper.
Maybe you’re a journalist, critic or blogger – or none of those. All we ask is you impress us with your best work. Your entry should be a previously unpublished review of up to 800 words on new work in the arts.
We welcome entries from anywhere in the world, but entries should be in English.
Anthony Burgess wrote for the Observer for more than thirty years, and this prize celebrates his connection with the newspaper. He had a wide range of interests, so there is no restriction on the artform featured in your review.
The winning piece could be about an album, book, concert, exhibition, film, live stream, social media entertainment, or television show, or anything else that offers the opportunity to write a lively and thoughtful piece.
We define “new work” in the arts as anything that has happened since 1st September 2020, although some flexibility with that date is fine. The arts world has changed beyond recognition since last year, and we expect to see some entries focusing on the online world of lockdown entertainment.
You could win a first prize of £3,000 and have your work published in the Observer.
Two runners-up will also receive £500 each.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on 30th November 2021. The judges you are aiming to impress are the Observer’s pop critic Kitty Empire, arts editor of the Observer Sarah Donaldson, and Will Carr, deputy director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and editor of Anthony Burgess’s The Ink Trade: Selected Journalism 1961-1993.
Expect a shortlist announcement early next year, with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony on 25th February 2022. The prizes are presented by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Observer.
Entering the Observer / Burgess Prize is easy.
You can enter via an online form on our entry page (currently offline). This will ask you to upload your review, and then direct you to Paypal where your entry fee of £10 will be taken.
You can also enter by post, details of which are on our entry page (currently offline). We also offer a limited number of subsidised entries, information for which is also on the entry page.
We judge the prize anonymously. Please do not write your name or contact details on your review: just fill in your details on the entry form. If you forget, don’t worry: we’ll anonymise it anyway.
You can enter as many times as you wish, as long as entries are paid for. Good luck – and get reviewing!