2021 Koestler Awards
Deadline: 22 April 2021*
The 2021 Koestler Awards for art in criminal justice settings is now open for entries!
We’re looking forward to seeing art, music and writing across our 52 award categories, including this year’s Themed Category, Together.
The 2021 UK exhibition will be back in its usual gallery in the autumn at Southbank Centre in London. Artist Camille Walala will make the selection from all the entries to the 2021 Koestler Awards.
* The deadline will be reviewed throughout the spring, in view of Covid 19 safety restrictions and the changing situation in prisons. We will try our best to ensure all establishments can send their work safely, so please get in touch if, as the deadline approaches, you are struggling to send work.
* Download this year’s entry forms and guidance notes below. Click on the poster to download this year’s Awards poster.
2021 Entry Forms
Entry forms for this year's Koestler Awards
Download 2021 Koestler Awards entry forms (PDF)
2021 Guidance Notes
Guidance for entering this year's Koestler Awards
Download 2021 Koestler Awards guidance notes (PDF)
Under 18s Fast Feedback
Entrants who are 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.
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2021 Stage Play Awards
In 2021, we are joining up once again with groundbreaking theatre charity, Synergy Theatre Project, to showcase Stage Play entries and provide feedback for the writers.
Download the 2020 stage play guidelines (PDF)