The annual Observer/Anthony Burgess prize is now open for entries. Launched in 2012, the award, in honour of Burgess’s long association with the Observer as a literary critic, is the UK’s leading award for arts criticism.
The judging panel defines arts in the broadest sense – the winning review could be of an album, book, concert, exhibition, film, live stream, TV show, video game or anything else that offers the opportunity to write a lively and thoughtful piece. Last year’s winner, Harry Strawson, wrote about In My Room, a short film by Mati Diop, commissioned by the fashion brand Miu Miu.
The judges this year include Observer pop critic Kitty Empire, Will Carr of the international Anthony Burgess foundation and the Observer’s arts editor, Sarah Donaldson.
The submitted pieces can be reviews of any new work produced, published or broadcast since 1 September 2020. The judges fully expect to see some entries focusing on the online world of lockdown culture.
The first prize is £3,000 and the winning piece will be published in the print edition of the Observer New Review. Two runners-up will receive £500 each and – with the other shortlisted candidates – will have their work published online. The closing date is 30 November 2021. Last year’s winners and shortlisted entries can be found here.
More information is available at the Anthony Burgess foundation website.