I was also thinking last night that maybe it was time for me to say something here about that new thing that’s popped up in my sidebar. You know, that Orwell Prize longlist thing….

So yes, I’ll admit it, I’m flattered, honoured, chuffed and all that to have been longlisted for this year’s Orwell Blog Prize. I genuinely wasn’t expecting to make it to the longlist – I entered the Orwell Prize last year and got nowhere, and so I entered it again this year with every expectation of getting nowhere again. But I was wrong, and I did get somewhere. I’ll probably get no further, but that’s okay, because I’m flattered, honoured, chuffed and all that to have got this far.

For anyone interested in entering next year’s Orwell Prize and who doesn’t know how to go about it, it’s actually dead easy. Just keep an eye on the website, and some time around December they’ll put out an announcement saying that they’re now open for nominations. Then all you have to do is fill out their online form, choose your 10 favourite blog posts/10 best pieces of work, and click on submit (if you write for more than one site you can include your work from any of them). Unlike a lot of other prizes there’s no cost involved; you don’t have to pay them an entry fee or anything. It would certainly be great to see more feminist bloggers on the lists…

Anyway, these are the 10 posts I submitted that got me on to the longlist:

Of course stalkers are criminals

Deeds, not words

Public sector must not collude in cuts

Remembering

“What is it with women these days?”

The attack on Child Benefit is an attack on women

Too much information?

Nadine Dorries’s trouble with the truth

Big John

Why it’s wrong to casually dismiss the allegations against Julian Assange

Obviously if I was a conspiracy theorist I’d probably say I only made the longlist to shut me up; to stop me parping on about how feminist blogs and feminist bloggers always get ignored by the men who dominate the blokeosphere. But I’m not a conspiracy theorist, so I won’t. And anyway, if people think I’m that easily bought they obviously don’t know me very well at all 🙂

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