Case Study

The Orwell Youth Prize

The Orwell Youth Prize is an annual programme for 12-18 year olds culminating in a writing prize. Rooted in Orwell’s values of integrity and fairness, the prize and the activities around it introduce young people to the power of language and provoke them to think critically and creatively about the world in which they are living. At its core the prize seeks to amplify the voices that go unheard and in doing so give young people the tools, confidence and platform to make an impact. The prize is driven by an understanding of social and educational disadvantage in the UK and works to provide opportunities such as schools workshops, youth forums, personal feedback and writing seminars to young people in the least affluent areas outside the South East.