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 in years 7 – 13 (or equivalent) by the closing date of Monday 6th May 2024 in order to enter.

2/ You must be in full-time education in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales on the closing date of Monday 6th May 2024 in order to enter.

3/ You do not need to have participated in an Orwell Youth Prize workshop to enter.

4/ If you are an international student based outside the UK but studying from the British Curriculum, GCSEs, iGCSEs, A Levels, International Baccalaureate or BTEC, you are eligible to enter. If in doubt, please contact admin@orwellyouthprize.co.uk to check eligibility

5/ The competition is free to enter.

6/ The competition closes for final entries at 23.59 BST on Monday  6th May 2024.

7/ Entries may be up to 1000 words long for entrants in school years 7 – 11 (or equivalent) or up to 1500 words for entrants in school years 12 and 13 (or equivalent).

8/ Entries may be in any form. For example, you may enter a piece of journalism, an essay, a short story, a poem, a play, a game design, or any other genre of writing.

9/ Individuals may not make more than one entry in each year.

10/ Each entry must be the original work of the author or authors. You may enter as an individual or as a pair or small group. If you are submitting a collaborative entry, please upload your entry to the form as usual and email us at admin@orwellyouthprize.co.uk with the details of any additional authors.

11/ Entries must not have been selected for publication elsewhere, or have won any other competition.

12/ Entries must be in English.

13/ 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

14/ By entering this competition, entrants agree that their data and their entries may be used anonymously for research purposes and to help us as to improve our processes and reach as a charity and to understand the priorities and voice of our entrants as a whole.

15/ 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 BST on Monday 8th April 2024 [updated deadline].

16/ If you submit a draft entry, you may choose to submit your final entry after you have received your feedback.

17/ 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.

18/ Our readers are encouraged to flag any safeguarding concerns they have about any writing submitted. Your writing may also be shared with a relevant charity to advise if there are safeguarding concerns. If there are concerns, we may contact your school or safeguarding contact. If you have any questions about this process, please contact admin@orwellyouthprize.co.uk


19/ Entries will be judged in three categories: for those in years 7, 8 and 9 (or equivalent), for those in years 10 and 11 (or equivalent) and for those in years 12 and 13 (or equivalent).

20/ Judging is based on the quality of the entry as decided by the independent judging panel. Orwell Foundation staff and experienced volunteer readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlist.

21/ The Orwell Foundation reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.

22/ There will be approximately 40 shortlisted entries (Orwell Youth Prize Finalists) who will be invited to a Celebration Day on Saturday 6th July 2024. Shortlisted entries include runners-up and those who are highly commended.

23/ The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.

24/ For teachers entering a group of students (10 plus) we suggest the school makes a minimum £10 processing donation to the Orwell Foundation via our PayPal donation page. This helps us to ensure that we can continue to deliver a smooth process and personalised response to students.


25/ In 2024, we plan to hold a Celebration Day for shortlisted Orwell Youth Prize entrants at University College London, provisionally scheduled for Saturday 6th July 2024.

26/ 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 of £50. Winning entries will also be published on the Orwell Youth Prize website. The schools of winning entrants will also receive the complete works of George Orwell for their library.

27/ The Orwell Foundation has the final decision on whether an entry is published on the website.

28/ The Orwell Foundation reserves the right to change the winners’ prize.

29/ The prize for runners-up is a collection of George Orwell’s essays. Runners up will also have their entries published on the Orwell Youth Prize website. The Orwell Youth Prize reserves the right to change the prize.

30/ All winners, runners-up and those who are highly commended receive a certificate and Orwell Youth Prize goody bag. The Orwell Youth Prize reserves the right to change the prize.

31/ Names and titles of entries of the winners, runners-up and those who are commended will be published on the Orwell Youth Prize Website in July 2024 and shared on Orwell Youth Prize social media channels. All winners and runners up will be announced at the Orwell Youth Prize Celebration Day at University College London in July 2024.

32/ The copyright of each entry remains with the author or authors. 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 and runners up entries will be published on the Orwell Youth Prize website.

33/ If you allow your winning or runner up entry to be published elsewhere after July 2024, you agree to acknowledge the Orwell Youth Prize by using the words “First published by The Orwell Youth Prize for the Orwell Youth Prize 2024” and include a hyperlink to www.orwellyouthprize.co.uk

34/ Winners and Runners Up of the Orwell Youth Prize will be given the opportunity to become part of the Orwell Youth Fellows, with opportunities to help shape the Orwell Youth Programme, develop your writing, collaborate with other young writers, and attend and participate in Orwell Foundation events.

35/ By entering the Orwell Youth Prize, authors of the winning and runner up entries grant The Orwell Youth Prize irrevocable, non-exclusive license to republish their winning work in perpetuity, including (but not limited to):

    • Publishing the work online
    • Publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an education resource.

36/ All the rights mentioned above cover distribution or publication anywhere in the world, including via or in collaboration with third parties. Any commercial publication will lead to a pro-rata royalty.

37/ Personal Data submitted as part of entering the Prize will only be handled in accordance with these rules. 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.

38/ The Orwell Youth Prize is not associated with the Hutchinson Prize.