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Orwell Prize receives record entries

4th February 2010

There have been a record number of submissions for this year's Orwell Prize, organisers have revealed.

The number of books entered into the competition, which recognises excellence in political writing, has grown from 198 in 2009 to 212 this year, with 30 of these being novels. Just 18 places are on the longlist.

Among those competing in the book section are Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, Patrick Neate's Jerusalem and Beauty by Raphael Selbourne.

In addition, a number of pamphlets have been submitted to the books category by thinktanks such as the Fabian Society, the ippr, the Institute for Government and the Centre for Social Justice.

The journalism category has seen 84 submissions, growing from 63 in 2009, while entries to the blogging section have almost doubled, jumping from 83 to 164.

Jean Seaton, director of the Orwell Prize, commented: 'At a moment when many revile politicians but are increasingly turning back to politics, the deep books, penetrating journalism and on-the-pulse blogs entered for the Orwell Prize should be on the reading lists of public and politicians alike.'

Last year's winners were Andrew Brown's Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future That Disappeared in the books category, the NightJack – An English Detective blog and journalist Patrick Cockburn.

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