Terms and Conditions

Enter the Prize

Please read these carefully. If you have any questions, please take a look at our FAQs, or get in touch at admin@orwellyouthprize.co.uk 


  1. You must be aged 13 – 18 on the closing date of Saturday 19th May 2018 in order to enter.
  2. You must be in full-time education in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales on the closing date of Saturday 19th May in order to enter. You do not need to have participated in an Orwell Youth Prize workshop to enter.
  3. The competition is free to enter.
  4. The competition closes at 23.59 BST on Saturday 19th May 2018.
  5. Entries may be up to 1000 words long for entrants in school years 9 – 11 (or equivalent) or up to 1500 words for entrants in school years 12 and 13 (or equivalent).
  6. Entries may be in any form. For example, you may enter a piece of journalism, an essay, a short story, a poem, a play or any other genre of writing.
  7. Individuals may not make more than one entry in each year, up to 1000 or 1500 words, depending on your category. You could, for example, submit a collection of five poems if the collection does not exceed the word limit.
  8. Each entry must be the original work of the author.
  9. Entries must not have been selected for publication elsewhere, or have won any other competition.
  10. Entries must be in English.
  11. Entry is online only. Entries sent in the body of an email or as an attachment to email cannot be accepted. To enter, please enter through the formal online form. Only entries through the formal online form are accepted. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. If you have any questions about the form, get in touch at admin@orwellyouthprize.co.uk
  12. By entering this competition, entrants agree that their data and their entries may be used anonymously for research purposes.
  13. We offer written feedback on each draft entered to the Orwell Youth Prize. If you wish to receive feedback on your draft, you must submit your piece by 23.59 on Saturday 21st April 2018.
  14. If you submit a draft entry, you may choose to submit your final entry after you have received your feedback.
  15. If you have entered a draft, but not a final entry, your draft entry will be taken as your final entry and will be submitted for judging.


  1. Entries will be judged in two categories: the junior category for those in years 9, 10 and 11 (or equivalent) and the senior category for those in years 12 and 13.
  2. Judging is based on the quality of the entry as decided by the judges. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the longlist.
  3. The Orwell Youth Prize reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.
  4. There will be up to 20 longlisted entries (Orwell Youth Prize Finalists) and up to 5 winners in each category. Longlisted entries include runners-up and those who are highly commended.
  5. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.


  1. Everyone longlisted for the Orwell Youth Prize will be invited to the Orwell Youth Prize Celebration Day in June 2018.
  2. The prize for winners of the Orwell Youth Prize is George Orwell’s complete fiction and full-length non-fiction works, a selection of essays and a cash prize. Winning entries will also be published on the Orwell Youth Prize website.
  3. Orwell Youth Prize has final decision on whether an entry is published on the website, and reserves the right to change the prize.
  4. The prize for runners-up is a collection of George Orwell’s essays. The Orwell Youth Prize reserves the right to change the prize.
  5. All winners, runners-up and those who are highly commended receive a certificate.
  6. Details of the full winners, runners-up and those who are commended will be published on the Orwell Youth Prize Website after the Celebration Day. All winners will be announced at the Orwell Youth Prize Celebration Day in June.
  7. The copyright of each entry remains with the author. However, authors of the winning entries, by entering the competition, grant the Orwell Youth Prize the right to publish and/or broadcast their entry. All winning entries will be published on the Orwell Youth Prize website.
  8. If you allow your winning or longlisted entry to be published elsewhere after June 2018, you agree to acknowledge the Orwell Youth Prize by using the words “First published by The Orwell Youth Prize for the Orwell Youth Prize 2018″ and include a hyperlink to www.orwellyouthprize.co.uk
  9. By entering the Orwell Youth Prize authors of the winning and shortlisted entries grant The Orwell Youth Prize irrevocable, non-exclusive license to republish their winning work in perpetuity, including (but not limited to):
    1. Publishing the work online
    2. Production of reprints
    3. Publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an education resource.

All the rights mentioned above cover distribution or publication anywhere in the world.

The Orwell Youth Prize is committed to good practice in the handling of Personal Data and careful compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act. For more information, please see our Data Protection Policy December 2017