86% of young people said their experience with the Orwell Youth Prize made them more confident in their writing, and 4/5 said that their experience had made them more interested in current affairs

The Orwell Youth Prize 2017

The theme for the Orwell Youth Prize 2017 is IDENTITY. This Year’s Orwell Youth Prize seeks to inspire writing that explores any form of identity that is important or to you or to other people you wish to write about. Which of these forms of identity matter to you and why? Why do you think they matter to others? Are identities fixed? Can they change?

Write in any form, up to 1000 words, or up to 1500 words if you are in year 12 or 13. Everyone has the chance to receive feedback on a draft, and entry is free. All those shortlisted are invited to the Celebration Day, and the winners receive the works of George Orwell and have their entry published on our website.

Date for your diary! We are excited to announce that this year's Celebration Day will be held on Monday 26th June, at Pembroke College Oxford, running all day from 11am until 5.

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2016 Orwell Youth Prize Winners


  Years 9, 10, 11  

‘Hide and Seek’

Emily Wicks

‘Are we setting children up to fail?’

Ben Ettridge

‘Gray Area’

Celia Bergin

‘Liberty for the Builder’s Son’

Charissa Cheong

  Years 12, 13  

‘Untitled Essay’

Alexander Butcher

‘Victims of a Map’

Kanaar Askari and Carla Mufid

‘The Voice of a Benefits Claimaint’

Anna Morris


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