Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


The Orwell Prize

The Orwell Prize is the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, the Orwell Prize recognises and rewards the writing which comes closest to George Orwell's ambition to 'make political writing into an art'. The Orwell Prize is also a registered charity (number 1161563) dedicated to the advancement of public education through free public events, debates and lectures, written content, and free online resources.

The Orwell Prize was founded in 1993 by Professor Sir Bernard Crick. Crick also founded the Orwell Lecture, which was first held in 1989.  Today, these activities and many more have come together under the Orwell Prize, which is based at the Institute of Advanced Studies. The Orwell Lecture is held each autumn at UCL. 

The Orwell Prize is delighted to be under the same roof as the Orwell Archive - also held at UCL - in the very institution in which Orwell passed away, in January 1950, with Nineteen Eighty-Four having been published just months before.

Read more about The Orwell Prize here.

The Orwell Prize