november, 2020

30nov1:00 am1:00 amThe Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts JournalismInternational Entry Fee: £10 Max word count: 800 Top Prize: £3,000 and publication

Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

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The Observer / Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism is now open for entries.

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 Your entry should be a previously unpublished review of up to 800 words on new work in the arts.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 2019. The arts world has changed beyond recognition in recent months, and we expect to see some entries focusing on the online world of lockdown entertainment.

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