Start Writing

You’ve done your research, you’ve found your form, and now you’re ready to start writing – amazing! But facing the blank page can feel daunting, and sometimes actually getting those first words on the page can feel like a real challenge. Don’t worry – we’re working with professional writers and former Youth Prize winners to create resources to help you out on this important step.

Check out our Style Guide 2023 to find out more about Orwell’s own writing style, and how to write in the spirit of George Orwell for your Youth Prize submission.

Throughout this year, we will be publishing interviews with previous Youth Prize winners and runners up, where our 2020 and 2021 Fellows ask the 2022 Fellows some intriguing questions about their writing process and Youth Prize pieces.

All interviews will be published on the Orwell Foundation Substack, and you can read more about all the Youth Fellows here. The Youth Fellows have also contributed lots of helpful advice to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Coming soon – more resources to help you get started on your first draft!