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The George Orwell Award

NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished
Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language


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The NCTE Orwell Award, established in 1975 and given by the NCTE Public Language Award Committee, recognizes writers who have made outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse.

Nominations for the Award

The NCTE Public Language Award Committee is now seeking nominations for this year's Orwell Award, which honors an author, editor, or producer of a print or nonprint work that contributes to honesty and clarity in public language. (If a book is being nominated, please submit eight copies, with a cover letter, to the address below.)

The nominations deadline is September 15, 2017.

Eligible nominations are those appearing or published between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Nominations are also sought for the Doublespeak Award, which is given to a glaring example of deceptive language by a public spokesperson. The words must originate from an American. The committee needs a one-page description of the context in which the statement occurred and a copy of the print media source in which the quote appeared (with date). In the case of broadcast media, list the program, time, place, and date.

Send nominations to the NCTE Public Language Award Committee, c/o Linda Walters-Moore, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; fax: 217-328-0977.

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