The Peregrine Prize for Young Writers

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The search for Oxford City's Youth Writer

The Peregrine Prize for Young Writers

Oxford Writers’ House presents The Peregrine Prize for Young Writers, the schools-wide search for Oxford City’s Youth Writer, 2017-2018. In partnership with Oxford City Council, the 2017-2018  prize is to be judged by Dr. Jon Day, a 2016 Man Booker Prize judge, and Professor Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature at the University of Oxford. The honour of representing Oxford's young voices will mean exposure and accolade for a blossoming artist, and support from The City Council, Oxford Writers’ House, and partnership groups, to promote the young writer’s career. We are bringing together the best of Oxford’s young literary talent, and giving voice to the city’s unheard wordsmiths.

Our theme this year is: 'The Future: new worlds, dreams and technologies.'

Writers between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to submit a 50 - 1500 word piece of writing on the theme of ‘The Future: new worlds, dreams and technologies’. The winner of the Fledgling category will become Oxford’s first ever Oxford City Young Writer, the youth laureate of Oxford City. Shortlisted writers in the 16-18 age range will also be invited to interview with Oxford Writers’ House at the University of Oxford, and may be offered internship opportunities as an extension of this interview.

Age 8-11 - Hatchling (Prize: £50)
Age 12-15 - Nestling (Prize: £100)
Age 16-18 - Fledgling (Prize: £150) & Oxford City Young Writer (2017-2018)

How to enter:

(In BLOCK CAPITALS): Name, age, contact details, guardian or parent’s email, postal address, entry category.

Entries must be saved as a pdf.
Entries must be no more than 1,500 words
Entries must be on the theme of: 
The Future: new worlds, dreams and technologies.
(see T&C for more details)

If you live in Oxfordshire (OX postcode), you can enter your story or poem online at: www.oxfordwritershouse/our-events/writing-prizes
Up to 5 entries per person.
Entry fee: £5

If you are an Oxfordshire-based teacher, you are invited to use the writing prize as an opportunity to encourage creative writing in your classrooms. 

Teachers can submit up to 50 entries at a 50% discount. (£2.50 per entry)
Entries must each have a cover letter and be submitted together (physically, in one envelope) with a note containing:
Name of School
Teacher's Name
Total number of Entries
Contact details for School/Teacher

A cheque should be made payable to Oxford Writers’ House, and delivered to: 

Oxford Writers’ House
℅ Asiyla Radwan
St. Anne’s College
56 Woodstock Rd



1. Open to UK residents aged 8-18 only.
2. Competition closes at midnight on 24th April 2017.
3. One entry per person. Bulk and/or third party entries can only be submitted by an Oxfordshire-based teacher, via the postal address above.
4. Posted entries must contain entry, writer’s name, age, postal address, guardian or parental email address. The theme is the same for everybody: The Future: new worlds, dreams and technologies. The submitted pieces must each be under 1,500 words. Entries must be typed in English only. Your entry must be written in the body of the online submission (via website) or posted submission only, no attachments will be read.
5. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and not previously published anywhere else. Entries must not contain anything defamatory, obscene, illegal or otherwise inappropriate as may be deemed by the Promoter.
6. Entrants will retain copyright in their submitted entries, however, by entering, all entrants licence Oxford Writers’ House (OWH) a worldwide royalty-free perpetual licence to edit, publish and use each entry in any and all media (including print and online) for publicity and news purposes relating to this competition. The Promoter and/or OWH is under no obligation to publish any entries. Please note, any publication of an entry does not mean that entrant has won a prize.
7. All valid entries received before the Closing Date will be reviewed by a sub-panel of judges who will using the Judging Criteria (set out in clause 8). The main judging panel will then select a category winner for each of the three groups. An overall winner will then be selected from across the 3 category winners by the judge(s). The Judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
8. The judging criteria and apportionment are:
    a. Originality (50%)
    b. Powerful expression (50%)
(the “Judging Criteria”)
9. There will be a total of three category winners and one overall winner selected from the three category winners. Only a Fledgling (16-18) author will be eligible to become the Oxford City Young Writer, 2017-2018. 
10. Winning entrants agree to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this Competition, including but not limited to having their name published with their entry.
11. Competition general terms and conditions apply (please see below).


1. These terms and conditions apply to all competitions (unless and to the extent that) the competition states otherwise.
2. Unless otherwise specified, competition open to UK residents aged 8-18, except employees of OWH and their associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, their families, agents or any other person(s) connected with the competition, including third party promotional partners.
3. Entry limited to five per person. The winner is responsible for ensuring they are able to accept the prize as set out and in accordance with these terms and conditions, in the event they are unable to do so then the OWH reserves the right to redraw the prize.
4. Entry is £5 per entry for individuals, £2.50 for group entry by Oxfordshire-based teachers
5. An eligible entrant must be an individual, must enter on their own behalf, unless a group submission is made by their teacher, and must submit an entry in the form requested by OWH under this promotion including their name, address and e-mail address.
6. By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions. Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will invalidate an entry. Where a competition involves a voting process:  offering or receiving any incentive for voting is not permitted and will invalidate the vote, and may disqualify the recipient of the vote.  OWH reserves the right, with or without cause, to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating any of these terms and conditions. OWH reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions. Any amendments will be published on the Website.
7. OWH reserves the right to publish entries (including parts of entries) other than the winning entry and publication does not necessarily mean the entrant has won a prize.
8. Winners may be required to submit valid identification before receiving their prize.
9. The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
10. OWH will not be liable for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network connections that may limit or prohibit an eligible entrant’s ability to participate in the competition. Other than death or personal injury arising from the acts or omissions of OWH or its employees, OWH will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winner’s (or their guest’s) enjoyment of the prize.
11. By entering, any subsequent prize winners agree to allow the free use of their names, photographs and general locations for publicity and news purposes during this and future promotions by OWH or any associated or subsidiary company.
12. Uses of personal data received by OWH in the course of the promotion are subject to the privacy policy found on the Website. Winners’ names may be published on the Website.
13. Completion and submission of a registration slip or e-mail will be deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
14. OWH reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in our sole discretion, a competition is not capable of being conducted as specified. OWH reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value in the event that circumstances beyond their control make this unavoidable.


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