Michael O`Pray Prize 2019, Film and Video Umbrella

  • London, International
  • film, literature, visual arts
  • Leah McGurk


Returning for its third year, The Michael O’Pray Prize is an award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. The winning applicant receives £500 and their text will be published by Art Monthly. The deadline for submissions is 11 November 2019.

The Prize is named in memory of the critic, historian and film programmer, Michael O’Pray. Over the course of his long and varied career, Mike was an impassioned and energetic champion of avant-garde cinema, highlighting the continuing influence of key figures from the past, while dynamically promoting contemporary talents in experimental film and video. 

One of our aims for the prize is that the platform it offers helps writers to receive future writing commissions. Previous winners have each gone on to contribute new articles for Art Monthly and an array of other publications.

The Panel:

Submissions will be considered by an expert panel including:

Dr Terry Bailey, Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader, Creative and Professional Writing, University of East London

Steven Bode, Director, FVU

Helen Cammock, artist and Turner Prize 2019 nominee

Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Chris McCormack, Associate Editor, Art Monthly

What is the Prize?

The prize consists of:

- £500 prize

- Winning texts are published by Art Monthly

Submission Criteria:

- The Prize is aimed at writers starting out in their careers, having had no more than four articles published in print or online.

- The Michael O'Pray Prize is open to submissions from both the UK and internationally, though submissions must be in the English Language.

- There is no age limit to submit.

Submission info: