2019 Winners

On Friday 5th July 2019 at Pembroke College, Oxford, the Orwell Youth Prize announced this year’s winners, runners-up and highly commended entries. The winners were awarded their prizes by Christine Richardson, Senior Communications Manager at Oxford University Press and Bill Hamilton, Orwell Youth Prize Trustee, literary agent and literary executor of the Orwell Estate at A.M Heath.

Congratulations to our winners, runners-up and highly-commended – and to everyone who entered this year and gave their responses to the theme, A Fair Society? Every entry was read by at least two assessors, and the final 6 winners were chosen by the 2019 judge writer Caitlin Moran.



Junior Prize

Silke Dale Brosig, Teeth

Francesca Morgan, The Faceless Drug

Tom Warburton, The Man on the Side

Senior Prize

Nadia Lines, The Aptitude Test Kid

Jessica Johnson, A Band Apart

Theo Burman, Why Did You Organise the Protest?



Junior Prize

Sidra Hussain, Equal Importance

Elizabeth Tappin, Sewn Shut

Rosie Lewis, Care in the Community

Megan Robinson, Dignity

Clarissa Murphy, Through His Eyes

Senior Prize

Jazmine Bennett, Disable-Bodied

Asher Gibson, Brick Lane: A Case Against Social and Ethnic Exclusion in the UK

Cia Mangat, Britain

Devki Panchmatia, The Interview

Rhianna Prewett, Out of Body, Out of Mind


The following entrants were also highly commended:


In the junior prize:

Dean Chughtai, A Fair Society
Umme Hussain, Times Have Changed
Maia Biddle Mogg, Silence
Lidia Goonatilaka, Feminism
Aeneas Bonelli, 2055
Elan Davies, Mama
Tiana Chutkhan, Safe?
Ryan Vowles, The Peasant King
Niamh Weir, The Spike
Amos Miah, Apologies
Conor Holland, Partition of the Heart

In the senior prize:

Kylie Clarke, Her Story
Anna Young, The Fairness Tree
Morgan Davies, Property Law, and the benefits of violating it
Max Kelly, Once
Sally Piper, Discovery of Witches
Ella Tayler, The Britain you do not want to see, but undoubtedly have
Layomi Abudu, Society is as fair as I am white
Jade Van Jaarsveld, We, The Homeless (A Spoken Word Poem)
Isabel West, The Survival of a Moth
Aydin Maharramov, Potato Peel