The legacy of George Orwell (1903 – 1950) aka Eric Arthur Blair, great socialist and in his time Tribune literary editor amongst other things lives on in the contemporary multimedia world in the Orwell blogging prize. The deadline for this years gong is imminent. Here is what I know about it:

The Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, is inviting entries for a Blog Prize for a second year.

To enter, you need to submit 10 URLs you’ve written in 2009. They do not have to be from the same blog, but they should all be written by you – the prize is self-nominating.

The entry form can be found at, with full rules and regulations at The entry deadline is 20th January 2010. 

The winner of the prize receives £3000 and an Orwell Prize plaque. Richard Horton (Jack Night) and Oona King are the judges of this year’s Blog Prize. Entries are also being invited for the Book Prize and Journalism Prize.

Not sure if I’ll be entering myself – blame my lightnes of posting and/or general lowbrowness but for anyone who does want to click on to do so.