Dystopian fiction prize to commemorate Nineteen Eighty-Four anniversary

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s great dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Orwell Society is organising a competition for students (both BA and MA) at British universities. Dystopian narratives of 3,000 words should be sent to Professor Richard Lance Keeble, chair of the Orwell Society, via  dystopianfictioncompetition@orwellsociety.com by 1 November 2014. A fee of £5 will be charged for each entry.

The judging panel comprises Richard Blair, the adopted son of George Orwell and Patron of the Orwell Society, Dr David Swann, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, Dr Julie Wheelwright, head of the Creative Writing MA at City University London, and Professor Keeble. The prize of £500 will be announced on 1 December 2014 and comes with a trophy which is a bust of Orwell.

The judges will be looking for the narrative which best follows in the tradition set by Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four and which Orwell is most likely to have admired. The winning entry will be published in the Orwell Society’s Newsletter and (along with the two runners-up) on this website.

The Orwell Society has been formed to promote the public understanding of Orwell’s life and writings. It organises trips to places associated with Orwell’s life (in Scotland, London and Spain, for instance), holds conferences, runs the lively website and publishes a regular Newsletter.

Entries can be submitted by paying £5 to paypal@orwellsociety.com or send a cheque for £5 (payable to The Orwell Society) to Neil Smith, Secretary of The Orwell Society, Marie Cottage, Bickenhill Lane, Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull B92 0DE.

All submissions should be in a Word file (not PDF) and begin with a cover page providing title of story, name of author and full contact details. The story should be presented in 12 pt Times Roman double spaced – with each page numbered and it should end with a word count.

For more information contact Neil Smith.


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