For young writers

The Orwell Youth Prize

The Orwell Youth Prize is much more than just a prize. We take leading authors, journalists, poets and reporters into schools and universities 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 George Orwell’s own work.

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. Everyone who enters a draft and a final entry for the prize this year will receive a ‘bronze’ Orwell Youth Award, and all longlisted entrants are invited to the Celebration Day.

We also host regular regional workshops for young people who are working on their entries for the prize, but haven’t had the opportunity of a workshop in their school.

If you’d like to get involved or know more, get in touch with Lauren 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.