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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.


Deadline 31st March 2019

£1,000 prize


The judges for the 2019 edition of the prize are Andrea Fraser and Sir Nicholas Serota


Andrea Fraser is an artist, writer and researcher best known for her foundational work in the area of institutional critique. She has exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013), the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (2005), the Whitechapel Art Gallery (London, England, 2003), the Venice Biennale (1993) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1989). She is currently Professor in New Genres at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her most recent research project (in book form), 2016 in Museums, investigates the links between museum funding and political donations.

Sir Nicholas Serota is Chair of Arts Council England and a member of the Board of the BBC. He was Director of Tate from 1988 to 2017.  During this period Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000 and extension 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Between 1976 and 1988 he was Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. In recent years he has curated or co-curated exhibitions of Donald Judd, Howard Hodgkin, Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter.


Submission Requirements
Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age on 31st March 2019 and have published no more than six exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images.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

For guidance, contenders should familiarise themselves with the reviews published on our online platform for contemporary art, Burlington Contemporary, and read the ‘Related articles’ below, which are recent reviews from the print publication.

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