2020 Koestler Awards
Deadline: 3 April 2020
The Koestler Awards is open to:
- Anyone in custody in a UK prison, young offender institution, secure training centre, secure children’s home, immigration removal centre, or high or medium security psychiatric hospital or unit (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).
- Any current client of the National Probation Service or a Community Rehabilitation Company, a Youth Offending Service, the Scottish Criminal Justice Social Work Service or their equivalents elsewhere in the UK.
- Any UK citizen currently in a prison overseas (must submit via Prisoners Abroad).
The themed category for the 2020 Koestler Awards is: Window.
We invite our entrants to have a go at producing a poem, drawing, painting, song or any other Koestler Artform using the word ‘Window’ as a theme.
We are delighted to announce that our 2020 annual UK exhibition will be curated by artist Camille Walala!
To be in with a chance of selection for this exhibition, entrants must submit work into the 2020 Koestler Awards!
Creative work must be entered into the Koestler Awards by the 3 April deadline. It will then be judged for Koestler Awards by over 120 expert performers, writers, artists, designers and curators, and given feedback, before being considered for the UK exhibition by Camille.
Download our factsheet to find out more.
2020 Stage Play Awards
In partnership with Synergy Theatre Project
In 2020 Koestler Arts and Synergy Theatre Project will continue to showcase Stage Play entries and get feedback for the writers.
Synergy Theatre Project is a ground-breaking charity that works through theatre towards a fairer world where those within or at risk of entering the criminal justice system can discover alternative pathways and become an integral and meaningful part of society.
Download the 2020 Stage Play guidance notes.
Under 18s Fast Feedback
Entrants under 18 can enter the Koestler Awards at any point in the year and get a response to their entries within 4 weeks of entry, with guaranteed feedback. Under 18s are also considered for additional Awards. Find out more about Fast Feedback.