Your writing journey starts here!
We can’t wait to read your writing – and we want to help you to make it as good as it can be. Check out our simple five step pathway to help you on every step of the way, from coming up with an idea to submitting your finished piece!
Scroll down for an introduction to the five steps – and when you’re ready, click the links to each step for resources and inspiration to get you started. Explore the pathway at your own pace, and feel free to use the resources in any order and in whichever ways are helpful to you.
This year’s theme is WHO’S IN CONTROL? With such a huge topic, this is the place to start, with prompts inspired by Orwell’s own writing to help you find your angle, and an idea which gets you fired up to write!
Now you’ve got some ideas of what you want to write about, it’s time to investigate further! We have a range of resources to read, watch and listen to, to help you start researching your ideas in more detail.
The Orwell Youth Prize encourages entries in all different forms of writing – poems, articles, essays, speeches, scripts, stories and even game design! Start exploring different forms, and find the one which works best for your idea.
Now you’ve got your ideas, your research, and you form, it’s time to start writing! The blank page can feel intimidating, so why not check out our Style Guide and advice from writers and previous winners to help you get started?
Don’t forget to submit your draft before our feedback deadline on Monday 24th April to get personalised from our volunteer team of experienced readers!
Once you’ve got your personalised feedback, it’s time to take a second look at your piece – what might you want to change or develop in a new draft, to make your finished piece as good as it can be? Find out more about responding to feedback and editing here.
And when you’re ready, don’t forget to SUBMIT your finished piece by Wednesday 7th June! Drafts for feedback and final entries can both be submitted through our online form.