Dystopian fiction prize challenge for university students

To celebrate George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 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 15 January 2016. A fee of £5 will be charged for each entry.

The judging panel comprises Richard Blair, the son of George Orwell and Patron of the Orwell Society, Dr Julie Wheelwright, programme director of the Creative Writing (narrative non-fiction/creative writing and publishing) MA at City University London, and Professor Richard Lance Keeble. The prize of £500 will be announced on 15 February and comes with a trophy which is a bust of Orwell. They will be handed over by Richard Blair at the Society’s AGM later in the year.

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 Society’s Journal and (along with the two runners-up) on the Society’s website, http://www.orwellsociety.com.

Entries can be submitted by paying £5 by one of the following means, referencing the prize:

  • Via Paypal: The PayPal account is paypal@orwellsociety.com.
  • Sterling bank transfer: Make a sterling payment to the Society’s bank account (account name: ‘The Orwell Society’; sort code 601035; account number 13166417).
  • UK sterling cheque: Please send your cheque, payable to The Orwell Society, to 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, name of university, name of programme studying on, and full contact details (address, telephone etc). The story should be presented in 12 pt Times Roman double spaced – with each page numbered and it should end with a word count.

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 Journal.

One thought on “Dystopian fiction prize challenge for university students

  1. Dear Orwell Society,

    I have a dystopian film which I am working on, I was just wondering if this would be eligible or should I turn it into a 3,000 word short story?

    Thank you for your help.




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