Announcing: The Peregrine Prize 2018!

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Announcing: The Peregrine Prize 2018!

Following on from the success of last year, Oxford Writers’ House is delighted to announce that entries are now open for The Peregrine Prize for Young Writers, 2018-2019!

Once again, we will be searching for Oxford City’s Young Writer of the Year who will hold the honour of representing Oxford's young voices. Our aim is to bring together the best of Oxford’s young writing talent, giving voice to the city’s unheard wordsmiths.


Young writers between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to submit a piece of writing of between 50 - 1500 words. Recognition will be given for each age category, as well as an overall competition winner who will become Oxford City's Young Writer of the Year.


We invite submissions in fiction from individuals and schools living within the OX postcode. Entries are open to young writers of any experience.

Age Categories

Age 8-11 - Hatchling (Prize: £50)
Age 12-15 - Nestling (Prize: £100)
Age 16-18 - Fledgeling (£150) + Oxford City Young Writer, 2018-2019

Entry Guidelines

Entries can span any genre, but should not exceed 1,500 words. Contestants are encouraged to experiment and to try new styles of writing. Submissions must be received no later than midnight on Saturday June 16th, 2018. Entry is free and can be made by emailing a word document containing your work to Please include your name, age and contact details at the top of your work. 


Each category winner will win a cash prize, as well as a feature in the Oxford Writers' House Publication. In addition, the winner of the Fledgeling category will be selected as Oxford’s Young City Writer, acting as an ambassador for the city for the year. 

For full terms and conditions please see here:

Mariah Whelan

Mariah Whelan

Mariah is a poet and PhD researcher from Oxford. She is currently based in the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she researches trauma and memory in Irish fiction and is writing a second collection of poetry. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies and been shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize, The Bridport Prize and won the AM Heath Prize. Her first collection City of Rivers is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in 2019. You can follow Mariah on twitter @MWhelanWriter or on her website



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