Frieze Writer's Prize 2012

frieze magazine is inviting entries for the Frieze Writer’s Prize 2012.

Frieze Writer’s Prize was established in 2006 and is presented annually. The aim of the prize is to discover, promote and encourage new critics from across the world, and many of the previous winners and commended entrants have gone on to contribute to frieze magazine.

Aspiring writers are invited to submit an unpublished 700-word review in English of a recent contemporary art exhibition.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 20 July 2012 and the winner of the prize will be announced in September. The winner will be awarded £2,000 and commissioned to write a review for an upcoming issue of frieze.

Sam Thorne, Associate Editor of frieze commented: ‘With the seventh annual Frieze Writer’s Prize, we’re proud to continue our commitment to discovering and publishing new critical voices. This year I’m excited to be sharing judging duties with Negar Azimi and Brian Dillon, whose work as both editors and critics I admire. That so many previous Writer’s Prize entrants have gone on to become regular contributors to frieze, as well as to other publications, is testament to the initiative’s importance. I’m looking forward to the prospect of discovering new writing talent.’

  • Entrants must submit one previously unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, approximately 700 words in length
  • Entries must be submitted in English, but may be a translation (this must be acknowledged)
  • Entrants must be over 18 years old
  • To qualify, entrants may only previously have had a maximum of three pieces of writing on art published in any national or regional newspaper or magazine
  • Previous online publication is permitted
  • The winning entrant will be commissioned to write a review for frieze and be awarded £2,000
  • Closing date is 20 July 2012 Entries should be emailed as a word attachment to Please do not send images
  • Negar Azimi (Editor, Bidoun)
  • Brian Dillon (critic, novelist and UK editor of Cabinet)
  • Sam Thorne (Associate Editor of frieze)
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