The Burgess Prize

The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

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This is the entry page for the 2024 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 January 2023. Entries can be from anywhere in the world, but must be written in English.

The closing date is 11.59pm on 29th February 2024. The entry fee is £10, and we also offer a free-entry scheme for entrants on low incomes (scroll down).

A longlist and a shortlist will be announced after Easter 2024. The winner will be announced in May 2024. 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.

Entries to the 2024 Prize are now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Watch this space for news about the longlist and the shortlist.

Entering by post?

Note: postal entries are now closed to submissions.

Send your entries to: Observer / Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY. Enclose a cheque for £10 made payable to International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

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 queries for the 2024 Prize are now closed.

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!