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 2017

The theme for the Orwell Youth Prize 2017 was IDENTITY. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered. You can read the results of the 2017 prize, and what our judge Nicci Gerard had to say about the entries by clicking on the link above.

The theme for the Orwell Youth Prize 2018 will be announced shortly: watch this space.

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.

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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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