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

The Orwell Youth Prize 2018

On Friday 29th June at Pembroke College, Oxford the Orwell Youth Prize announced this year’s winners, runners-up and highly commended entries.

Congratulations to our winners, runners-up and highly-commended – and to all who entered. Every entry was read by at least two assessors, and the final winners were chosen by Chris Riddell, author, illustrator and former children’s laureate.

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2018 Orwell Youth Prize Winners


  Years 9, 10, 11  

‘Be Glad It’s Not Your Forehead’

Manal Ali

‘The Truths We Want to Hear’

Joe Atkinson

‘Colony Collapse Disorder’

Niamh Weir

  Years 12, 13  

‘Mind the Gap’

Molly Elliot

‘The Promise of Thunder’

Scarlett Pygott

‘Be Cynical’

Ammarah Yasin


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