1/ You must be in years 8 – 13 (or equivalent) by the closing date of Friday 3rd June 2022 in order to enter.
2/ You must be in full-time education in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales on the closing date of Friday 3rd June in order to enter.
3/ You do not need to have participated in an Orwell Youth Prize workshop to enter.
4/ If you are currently studying at a school outside the UK that works from a British Curriculum please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check eligibility
5/ The competition is free to enter.
6/ The competition closes for final entries at 23.59 BST on Friday 3rd June 2022.
7/ Entries may be up to 1000 words long for entrants in school years 8 – 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. If you submit a spoken word piece, your submission must be accompanied by a transcript.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
14/ If you submit a game design, we recommend using Twine to design it, and then submitting the link to the HTML file on the online form. If you have any questions, get in touch at email@example.com
15/ By entering this competition, entrants agree that their data and their entries may be used anonymously for research purposes. Entrants also agree that their data and their entries may be used anonymously for research purposes 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.
16/ 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 Friday 22nd April 2022.
17/ If you submit a draft entry, you may choose to submit your final entry after you have received your feedback.
18/ 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.
19/ Our readers are encouraged to flag any safeguarding concerns they have about any writing submitted. Your writing may be shared with a relevant charity to advise if there are safeguarding concerns. Following advice from charities, we may also be in contact with your school or safeguarding contact. If you have any questions about this process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
20/ Entries will be judged in two categories: the junior category for those in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 (or equivalent) and the senior category for those in years 12 and 13.
21/ Judging is based on the quality of the entry as decided by the judges. Orwell Foundation staff and experienced volunteer readers assist the named judges in selecting the longlist.
22/ The Orwell Foundation reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.
23/ There will be a small number of 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.
24/ The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
25/ 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.
26/ In 2022, we are making plans for a series of events for entrants as part of The Orwell Festival of Political Writing in London, where the winners of The Orwell Youth Prize will be announced alongside the finalists for prestigious The Orwell Prizes.
27/ 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. The schools of winning entrants will also receive the complete works of George Orwell for their library.
28/ The Orwell Foundation has the final decision on whether an entry is published on the website.
29/ The Orwell Foundation reserves the right to change the winners’ prize.
30/ The prize for runners-up is a collection of George Orwell’s essays. The Orwell Youth Prize reserves the right to change the prize.
31/ All winners, runners-up and those who are highly commended receive a certificate.
32/ Details of the full winners, runners-up and those who are commended will be published on the Orwell Youth Prize Website. All winners will be announced at the Orwell Festival of Political Writing in July 2022.
33/ 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 entries will be published on the Orwell Youth Prize website.
34/ If you allow your winning or longlisted entry to be published elsewhere after July 2022, you agree to acknowledge the Orwell Youth Prize by using the words “First published by The Orwell Youth Prize for the Orwell Youth Prize 2022” and include a hyperlink to www.orwellyouthprize.co.uk
35/ 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 and attend and participate in Orwell Foundation events.
36/ 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):
- Publishing the work online
- Publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an education resource.
37/ 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.
38/ 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.