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The Orwell Foundation Youth Prize Launch

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The Orwell Foundation Youth Prize Launch

Topic - Schools and Colleges

‘And all above, it is your civilisation, it is you’.

The Orwell Youth Prize is an annual writing competition for young people in the UK. Every year, we set a theme inspired by the writings of the author and journalist, George Orwell, asking entrants to think about the world around them and issues that matter today. This year the theme is 'Home' and the launch event will set students up to write a strong entry for the 2024 competition as well as providing context for their studies at GCSE and A Level.

During the event, students will take part in workshops designed to broaden ideas around this year's theme and expand their skills in their chosen subject area: Journalism, Film and Media, English, or Game Design. Students will engage in workshops and Q&As with influential people, designed to provide context into Orwell’s writing and ideals which will not only help with submissions for the Orwell Foundation Youth Prize, but also for Level 3 studies.

The Orwell Foundation Youth Prize Launch 2023 saw students from the north-east engaging in the subject sessions and many students who attended the launch went on to apply for the Youth Prize. One student, who attended the day was shortlisted for the Youth Prize and was invited to the official prize-giving in London.

We are excited to welcome The Orwell Foundation back to the University of Sunderland for the 2024 Youth Prize launch event.

On booking, school groups and individuals will need to confirm which session they would like to attend on the day:

  • English
  • Film and Media
  • Journalism
  • Game Design

Each session has a capacity and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact student.recruitment@sunderland.ac.uk.