Call for Submissions: The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2018, closes Feb 26

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The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2018

The deadline for submissions is Monday 26th February 2018
The winner of the £1,000 Prize will be announced in May 2018

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always 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 by encouraging aspiring young writers to engage critically with its forms and concepts. The Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language.

2018 Prize

The judges of the 2018 Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize are Fiona Banner and Jenni Lomax.

Fiona Banner is an artist who works with sculpture, drawing, installation and writing. She has shown internationally at venues including Tate Britain, London, and MoMA, New York, and at the Venice Biennale. In 1997 she founded The Vanity Press, through which she publishes her own works.

Jenni Lomax is the former Director of Camden Arts Centre, London (1990–2017). During her time there, Lomax championed new and challenging art, while insisting on its accessibility and relevance to a wide audience. As Director, Lomax oversaw the first exhibitions in London of artists such as Marlene Dumas, Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.

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Submission Requirements

Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age on 26th February 2018 and have published no more than six exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country of residence and occupation of the writer, to

Each contender will be offered a digital subscription to the Magazine at a specially reduced price, providing unlimited access to the Magazine’s archive as well as all the latest articles and reviews.

Additional Material

In order to help contenders we have provided three reviews of contemporary art exhibitions to serve as examples. PDFs can be downloaded from the links below.

  1. Marlene Dumas, by James Cahill
  1. Venice Biennale, by Martha Barratt
  1. Electronic Superhighway, by Julian Stallabrass

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