The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

The Observer / Burgess Prize For Arts Journalism is a review writing competition with a prize fund of £4,000 and a chance to be published in The Observer newspaper. Anthony Burgess had a wide range of interests, so there is no restriction on the artform featured in your review. The winning piece could be about a book, film, concert, exhibition, album or TV show, or anything else that offers the opportunity to write a lively and thoughtful piece. Last year’s most successful entrants wrote about Ariana Grande, a Yugoslavian architecture exhibition, a one-woman show about Ken Campbell, and the Twitter account @Dril.



  • You could win a first prize of £3,000 and have your work published in The Observer.
  • Two runners-up will also receive £500 each.
  • Your entry should be a previously unpublished review of up to 800 words on new work on the arts.


30th November 2019.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Guardian Media Group headquarters at King’s Place, just round the corner from from London’s King’s Cross.
The prizes are presented by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and The Observer.

The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism


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29 Aug 2019


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