The Orwell Youth Prize

Supporting the next generation of socially engaged young writers and thinkers from across the UK through our prize, resources, workshops and projects.

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The Orwell Youth Prize 2021

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who took part this year and trusted us with your writing.

By seeking out new audiences for young writing, and reflecting back all our entrants’ collective concerns, we aim to make your priorities part of the national conversation.

This year, we also asked every entrant to tell us the ‘one positive change’ they would most like to see in their lives. Answers were ‘inventive, bold and optimistic’, seeking to solve issues from racial and gender inequality to climate change.

We will be sharing some of the most original and inventive responses on our blog and social media in the coming days and weeks, as well as interviews with this year’s winning writers, curated by the Orwell Youth Fellows.

The Orwell Youth Prize will return in 2021-2022 with a new theme!

If you would like to know more about any of the Foundation's activities for young people, or are interested in working with us as a partner, school, teacher or volunteer, please get in touch with us at

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2021 Orwell Youth Prize Winners



It’s Not Your Fault

Katie Sherley (Essay)

A New Direction: Starting Small by Creating Norfolk Wetlands

William Walker (Essay)

On Keeping a Time Capsule

Jennifer Yang (Essay)

A Small Thing

Anya Edgerton (Screenplay)


Work Experience as a Young Campaigner

Jude Leese (Poetry)

The Quiet Revolution

Max Baker (Fiction)

Two for Joy

Isabella Rew (Poetry)

New Hair, Who Dis (Dear Mrs Johnson)

Faith Falayi (Poetry)


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