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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Molly Elliott, whose piece 'Mind the Gap' made her a winner of the 2018 Orwell Youth Prize, is currently helping to sift entries for this year's Orwell Youth Prize. She's currently reading 'The Martian Chronicles' by Ray Bradbury. Here is what she has to say

About 2 days ago from Orwell Youth Prize's Twitter

The Orwell Youth Prize 2021

The Orwell Youth Prize 2021 theme has been announced.
This year we are seeking creative responses to ‘A New Direction, Starting Small’.

Journalism, essays, short stories, blog posts, poems, and plays are all welcome. We’ve also introduced a new game design category – more information coming in 2021!

How you respond to this year’s theme is your choice.


- Have your work published and recognised by your peers and professionals
- Win a cash prize
- Win books for yourself and your school (winners receive all of Orwell's work, runners up Orwell's Essays)
- Help shape the national conversation


The 2021 Orwell Youth Prize is generously supported by Rethinking Poverty: The Webb Legacy

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2020 Orwell Youth Prize Winners



Not so welcome break

Tom Finlayson (Fiction)

You are what you eat

Hugh Ludford (Fiction)

To the boy who’s considered my equal

Helen Chick (Poetry)



Jessica Tunks (Journalism)

Streets in the Sky,

Rosaleen Tite Ahern (Essay)

How many people does it take to change? (The World),

Maya Stokes (Poetry)

What we lost,

Lauren Debruin (Fiction)


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