The Orwell Youth Prize is a registered charity, inspiring the next generation of politically engaged young writers through our writing prize, school workshops and regional events.

The Orwell Youth Prize 2018

Every year, the Youth Prize takes a theme from Orwell's work to inspire your responses to the world around you. This year's theme is TRUTH VS. LIES.

In his classic novels 1984 and Animal Farm, George Orwell created worlds in which it was impossible to say what is true and what is false: worlds full of misinformation where you could not even be sure of your own reality - and where the fight for truth can be deadly. Remind you of anything?

The prize is now open for entries via our online form. The final deadline is midnight Saturday 19th May 2018. Uniquely, we help our entrants by offering feedback. If you want to receive individual feedback on your entry to the Writing Prize, you'll want to submit by midnight on Saturday 21st April 2018.

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2017 Orwell Youth Prize Winners


  Years 9, 10, 11  

‘The Eyes’

Lydia Houghton, The Eyes


Yasmin O’Mahoney

‘A Million Drops of Water’

Jamie Toeg

  Years 12, 13  

‘Lost Boys: Identity Edit’

Molly Elliot

Losing the Identity of ‘Muslim’

Anisah Kasim

‘To Leave or Not To Leave?’

Jack Pollard


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