Frieze Writer's Prize 2009

frieze, the leading magazine for contemporary art and culture, is inviting entries for the Frieze Writer’s Prize 2009. Frieze Writer’s Prize was established in 2006 and is presented annually. The aim of the prize is to promote and encourage new critics from across the world, and many of the previous winners and commended entrants, including Mia Jankowicz and Jeffrey Ryan, have gone on to contribute frequently to frieze magazine.

The judges for 2009 will be critic and art historian James Elkins; the novelist and critic Ali Smith and Jennifer Higgie, co-editor of frieze magazine.

Writers are invited to submit an unpublished 700-word review in English of a recent contemporary art exhibition. Applicants must be over 18 years old and must not have had more than three pieces of writing on art published in a newspaper or magazine. The closing date for entries is 26 June 2009 and the winner of the prize will be announced in September.

The winner will be awarded £2000 and commissioned to write a review for the October issue of frieze.

Jennifer Higgie, co-editor of frieze commented: ‘The Frieze Writer’s Prize successfully encourages young talent and gives the best young critics an international platform. The quality of entries is always so high that it’s a difficult and exciting process choosing the winner.’

frieze magazine was set up in 1991. It is published eight times a year and includes essays, reviews and columns by today’s most forward-thinking writers, artists and curators. The May 2009 issue of frieze magazine is out on 30 April. To subscribe to email updates, join the Frieze Newsletter at

Entries should be emailed as a word attachment to
Please do not send images.

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