Journalists invited to submit for Observer/Anthony Burgess prize

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The International Anthony Burgess Foundation in collaboration with the Observer has opened competition for its annual international arts journalism prize.
“We’re looking for really strong, good quality journalistic entries from across the globe,” said spokesperson Clare Preston-Pollitt.
“The prize is all about celebrating arts writing, coverage of arts and culture and rewarding original, thought-provoking and previously unpublished writing on arts and cultural subjects.”
Applicants must submit a 1500 word review via the Foundation’s website (entry is £10) and could win £2000 and publication in the Observer. The closing date is 31st October.
The competition commemorates Burgess’ long association with the Observer. One prize of £2000 will be awarded, and the winning piece will be published in print and online versions of the Observerand on the International Anthony Burgess Foundation website.

The judging panel includes Mariella Frostrup, Stuart Kelly, Helen Oyeyemi, Robert McCrum from the Observer and Will Carr from the Burgess Foundation.

The winning piece will be a 1500-word review of a book, film, concert, ballet, stage play or TV show.

The aim of the competition is to reward new and exciting writing on the arts and cultural subjects. When choosing the winner, the judges will be looking for imaginative, original, and thought-provoking arts journalism suitable for publication in the Observer. They will be looking for emerging talent, innovative approaches and writing from outside the mainstream, and they are especially keen to read entries from those who have not previously had work published by major media organisations. They are also, as William Boyd commented while judging the 2012 entries, looking for ‘some Burgessian fizz and crackle and a bit of well-displayed erudition.’

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Photo: Anthony Burgess Foundation

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