The Burgess Prize

The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

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This is the entry page for the Observer / Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism.

The winning entry will be an 800-word review of a recently released book, film, album, concert, exhibition, ballet, play, TV show, online stream, performance art piece or anything else that could be covered by a newspaper’s arts review pages.

The word count includes titles, and ‘recently released’ means anything since 1st September 2021. Entries can be from anywhere in the world, but must be written in English.

The closing date is 11.59pm on 30th November 2022. The entry fee is £10, and we also offer a free-entry scheme for entrants on low incomes (scroll down).

The shortlist will be announced early 2023. The winner will be announced in February 2023. Please note that due to the volume of entries, unsuccessful entrants will not be notified, but each submission will receive full consideration.

Make sure you read the terms & conditions (opens in a new tab).

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Have your entry document and your payment details ready. Fill in the form below, upload your entry as requested, and select Submit. Fields marked with a * are compulsory. On submission, you will be redirected to PayPal for payment, after which you can return to our website. You can do this securely even without a PayPal account. The entry fee is £10 per submission. If you wish to submit a postal entry, scroll down for information.

Burgess/Observer Prize entry

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Entering by post?

To send a postal entry, send a cheque for £10 payable to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation along with your entry (paper copies only) to:

Observer / Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House
3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY.

Subsidised entries

We want the Observer / Burgess prize to be available to writers from all backgrounds across the world. For this reason, we offer a subsidy scheme for entrants on low incomes, where we cover the £10 cost of entry.

This is done on an honesty basis, so we won’t ask questions about your income. The number of subsidised entries is limited. To enter the Prize using the subsidy, submit your details here and we will be in touch.

Subsidised entry (low incomes)

And finally…

All entrants must be over 18 and we accept international entries, although entries must be in English. By entering the competition you agree to the terms and conditions.

If you have any further questions, please contact us via email:

We look forward to reading your submission, and wish you the best of luck!