Shortlist 2024

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted writers for The Orwell Youth Prize 2024, on the theme of HOME.

From a truly impressive range of entries from 815 young writers, our readers have chosen a shortlist of 44 outstanding pieces of writing, which will now be carefully considered by our judges: Patience Agbabi, John Bernard, Charlie Higson, Vicky Spratt and Polly Toynbee.

All shortlisted writers have been invited to our Orwell Youth Prize Celebration Day at University College London on Saturday 6th July, where they will take part in a creative writing workshop with John Bernard; meet Orwell’s son, Richard Blair; and share their work with an audience, before the announcement of the winners and runners up.

The winners and runners up will be published on our website week commencing 8th July, so do check back for further updates.

In the meantime, thank you so much to everyone who entered, and a huge congratulations to our shortlisted writers:

YEARS 7, 8 & 9

Marina Ambrosio

Sophia Austin

Mihika Bhattacharya

Esther Butterworth

Charis Chan

Noah Dyball

Rose Freer

Archie Humphrey

Maxine Lee

Beth Miles

Rahaf Mustafa

Lydia Nottage

Niamh Whelan

Selina Zheng


YEARS 10 & 11

Imaan Alyas

Zaara Arif

Fisayo Atere

Amy Beddow

Tabby Fletcher

Katie Keane

Max Liu

Freddy Lord

Tianna Mkandawire

Frankie Mordecai

Esha Patankar

Chiara Reedha

Anoushka Roy

Srilakshmi Sen

Nethuli Weerakoon


YEAR 12 & 13

Teniola Adebisi

Florence Alsop

Eva Amzel-Matas

Alejandro Enriquez

Oneli Hadgie

Julia Kierepko

Tianna Maidens

Neil MacPherson

Benjamin McEwan

Finlay McIlwraith

Hau Tak Ng

Yeva Paryliak

Aaliyah Rice

Leena Tageldin

Jay Tuffnell