Gellhorn prize

We would would like to announce through your pages an extraordinary prize for journalism to be offered in honour of the late Martha Gellhorn, one of the 20th century's greatest reporters.

The award will be for the kind of reporting that distinguished Martha: in her own words, "the view from the ground". This is the essentially human story that penetrates the established version of events and illuminates an urgent issue buried by prevailing fashions of what makes news. We would expect the winner to tell an unpalatable truth, validated by powerful facts, that exposes establishment conduct and its propaganda, or "official drivel", as Martha called it. The subject matter can be in this country or abroad.

A prize of £5,000 will be awarded annually. However, this will be withheld if we, the judges, decide that none of the contenders have fulfilled the above terms.

Entries should be for newspaper, journal or magazine journalism published in the UK during the year 31 October 1998 to 1999. A minimum of one article and a maximum of three should be submitted. Six copies of each piece should be sent to:

The Martha Gellhorn Trust & Prize, Rutherfords, Herbert Road, Salcombe, Devon TQ8 8HN.

James Fox,
Victoria Glendinning,
John Hatt,
Cynthia Kee,
Alexander Matthews,
John Pilger

This article first appeared in the 04 October 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The eminence rouge