For young writers


The Orwell Youth Prize

The Orwell Youth Prize is much more than just a prize. We take leading writers and journalists into schools to work with young writers like you. And we have of inspiration on this website – tips on how to write from leading authors, as well as lots of Orwell’s own work.

Find out more about Orwell here.

If you are aged 14 – 18, you can The Orwell Youth Prize. We will provide you with feedback on a draft of your work, before you submit the final entry. Entrants to the Prize are invited to the Celebration Day.

If you’d like to get involved or know more, get in touch with Jeremy at

“Entering the Orwell Youth Prize, receiving helpful feedback and incisive critique from the judges, and of course the Celebration Day itself, has given me the confidence to seriously pursue writing as a possible career. I must thank the Orwell Youth Prize for presenting those awarded with a day’s work experience at the offices of The Guardian. The day was conducted by Stephen Armstrong, journalist and author of the acclaimed The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited. It was a valuable opportunity to learn from Stephen’s expertise, as well as to practise writing at the hot-desk. Sifting through breaking news updates to devise a piece within a thirty minute deadline was an absorbing experience – it propelled me out of my comfort zone to write about the unfamiliar”

Vidya Ramesh, 2015 winner in the Years 12 and 13 category.

Other Opportunities

Below are listed opportunities which you might be interested in:

The PSA Student Short Video Competition

Question: do you have to be a superhero to be US president? In this year of the US Presidential election, the Political Studies Association, in conjunction with YouGov, is inviting teams of post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2016-17 to submit a video of no more than 4 minutes that explores the question: “Do you have to be Superman/Superwoman to be US President?” Find out how to get involved here.

Bite the Ballot