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Frieze Writer's Prize 2016

Frieze Writer’s Prize 2016 is now open for entries

Frieze Writer’s Prize, the annual international award to discover and promote new art critics, is now open for entries. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for friezeand will be awarded GBP£2,000.

This year the prize will be judged by frieze assistant editor Paul Clinton, writer Olivia Laing, and writer and artist James Bridle.

Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length. Entries should be emailed as a Word attachment to

Guidelines for submissions

– Entries must be submitted in English, but may be translated (this must be acknowledged).
– Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission. 
– Entrants are allowed a maximum of three previously published pieces of writing on art.
– The closing date for entries is 18 July.

Please see the FAQs page for more information


– James Bridle is an artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, theObserver and many others, in print and online. His work can be found at

– Olivia Laing is a writer and critic, based in Cambridge. She's the author of To the River,The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (all published by Canongate). She writes for the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and The New York Times and is a regular columnist for frieze.

– Paul Clinton is a writer and assistant editor of frieze and Frieze Masters. He has taught on art, stupidity and queer theory at Goldsmiths College and the University of Manchester. Previous publications include a special issue of parallax on stupidity and articles on Bonnie Camplin and Gustav Metzger. He was also a founding member of the band No Bra. He recently co-curated the exhibition ‘duh? Art & Stupidity’ at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2015–2016).

closing date

18. July 2016


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