The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented writers on contemporary art. The winner of the Prize receives £1,000, their review is published on Burlington Contemporary and they have the opportunity to publish a review of a future contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine

Since its foundation in 1903 The Burlington Magazine has considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our commitment to the study of contemporary art in the magazine and on Burlington Contemporary. Designed to encourage aspiring writers, the Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language.

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize is generously funded by the Thistle Trust.

Deadline: 10am on 15th July 2024

£1,000 prize
This year’s judges are the scholar and author Julia Bryan-Wilson and the artist Trevor Paglen.

  • Submission criteria and how to enterThe Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2024 is now open for entries. The deadline for submissions is 10am on Monday 15th July 2024. 

    Entrants must have published no more than six pieces of writing in print or online, in any language or country, prior to their submission. This does not include personal blogs and websites.  Before entering, applicants are encouraged to read reviews recently published on Burlington Contemporary.
    Writers who have already been published in The Burlington Magazine or Burlington Contemporary are not eligible to enter. 

    There is no age limit for applicants. 

    To enter the prize, entrants should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition by the specified deadline. 

    ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. 
    The exhibition under review can be staged anywhere in the world, but it should be current or have closed within the last six months at the date of submission.  Texts about the applicant’s own work or project will not be accepted. The review must be between 800 and 1,000 words in length and accompanied by up to three low-resolution images.   The submitted review must be written in English and emailed as a text document (please do not send a PDF) together with a completed submission form to:  Please include your full name in the submitted file names. 

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