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Orwell And Self Promotion.

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My faults are numerous, and occasionally conspicuous, still thankfully one of them is not self-promotion and certainly not promoting this blog, nor my occasional scribblings.

Not because I don’t enjoy writing some of them, but that’s about it. Once they are written I can’t really say that they have a particular significance or lasting impact for me, which is why I won’t be entering the Orwell Prize 2010.

If, however, you have a blog and feel the necessity to promote yourself to the wider world then this could be your chance.

I was sent this email by Gavin Freeguard, explaining things:

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

If you’d like 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.

If you would like to refer to the Prize on your blog please link to to ensure that other budding entrants know where to find us.”

Well? What are you waiting for?

Written by modernityblog

11/12/2009 at 00:36

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