This annual competition from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation is not for your usual creative prose, but for a brilliantly written piece concerning the arts: an article, a review or blog entry. I could even submit this informative review of the competition itself as an entry, but I won’t. Not because I don’t believe it would be up to the standard of other potential entries, but because I’d be worried about creating a sort of journalistic Ouroboros, with the article about the competition consuming its own tail, should it win. Who knows what might happen: a sort of digital black hole sucking in everything from WordPress and Twitter linked to it or perhaps it would open a transdimensional doorway from my blog into a terrifying realm populated only by clones of Mark Zuckerberg? It’s a risk I’d prefer not to take.
Anyway, you get the idea. Bloggers, reviewers, writers of informative articles this is your moment, go shine.
Word limit: 1500 words
Prizes: 1st – £2000
Entry fee: £10
Closing date: 30th November 2015
Entries will be judged by a high-profile panel including Kate Mosse and Robert McCrum. The winner will be published in the online and print versions of the Observer. This is an international competition. The only slight craziness that I can see here is work submitted must not have previously appeared in print or online. So, we are looking at unpublished articles folks.