The competition is organised by The International Anthony Burgess Foundation. The aim of the competition is to reward new and exciting writing on arts and cultural subjects that aligned with Burgess’s interests, and the winning piece will be a review of a book, film, a concert, a ballet, a stage play, and exhibition or a TV show.
We’re looking for the best, previously unpublished writing on new work in the arts. If you’re a journalist, critic, blogger or unpublished writer interested in examining the contemporary arts, you could win £3000 and have your work published in print and online versions of the Observer.
To enter the competition, you must submit a piece of new writing on brand new work in the arts of not more than 1500 words in length via the website or by post.
The work must be the entrant’s own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or on a website or have been broadcast, or be submitted for publication or consideration elsewhere, for the duration of the competition.
£10 per entry
The winner will be awarded £3,000 and have their prize essay published in The Observer, as well as being offered a one-to-one mentorship with senior editors at The Guardian and The Observer.
Two runners-up will also receive £500 each.