Wendy Thomson editor of Female Arts nominated for The Orwell Prize in Journalism

The Orwell prizes are self-nominated. So the big news is that I entered myself for the Orwell prize in Journalism and the entry was accepted.

Why is this important?

Because George Orwell and his beliefs were and are important. And what Female Arts is trying to achieve - gender equality - is important.

About the Prize from http://theorwellprize.co.uk/the-orwell-prize/about-the-prize/

"The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, we award prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

But we do much more than that: we take political argument around the country (see our events archive and YouTube channel to watch video of previous events); and as the only website officially sanctioned by the Orwell Estate, we publish work by George Orwell (including our Webby-shortlisted Orwell Diaries blog) and articles about Orwell.

The Prize was established in its present form by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick in 1994, ‘to encourage writing in good English – while giving equal value to style and content, politics or public policy, whether political, economic, social or cultural – of a kind aimed at or accessible to the reading public, not to specialist or academic audiences’."

So please click on this link to find Wendy Thomson editor of Female Arts near the bottom of the 155 entries for the Orwell Prize in Journalism 2013 alongside writers for The Guardian, Financial Times, Telegraph, The Sunday Times, New Statesman and Channel 4 news. http://theorwellprize.co.uk/how-to-enterentries-2013journalism-prize-2013/

I think this is a good thing for all of us (all readers and writers of Female Arts). Thanks for being involved.

(c) Wendy Thomson 2013