The Orwell Foundation, which uses the work of George Orwell to celebrate honest writing and reporting, has announced the winners of their 2021 Orwell Prizes. The Orwell Prizes are the UK’s most prestigious prizes for political writing; every year, the Foundation awards prizes for the work—in the categories of political writing, political fiction, journalism, and “exposing Britain’s social evils”—which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition “to make political writing into an art.”
Without further ado, here are this year’s Orwell Prize winners:
Political Writing Book Prize: Joshua Yaffa, Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition and Compromise in Putin’s Russia (Granta)
Political Fiction Book Prize: Ali Smith, Summer (Hamish Hamilton)
Journalism Prize: John Harris and John Domokos, “Anywhere But Westminster” video series (The Guardian)
Exposing Britain’s Social Evils: Annabel Deas, “Hope High” podcast (BBC Radio)
Congratulations to those recognized!