Oxford Writers’ House presents its first writing prize, The Peregrine Prize for Young Writers. In the spirit of our name, we want to become a home for young people who are approaching writing, who are starting to discover what they can do.
The Peregrine Prize, in a schools-wide search, wants to scout for blossoming artists, to give them a voice. Young writers between the ages of 8 and 18 are therefore encouraged to submit a piece of prose of 50-1500 words. The prize will be judged by Jon Day, one of the 2016 judges for the Man Booker Prize. The winner of the Fledgeling category will become Oxford’s (first) Young City Writer. In keeping with Toni Morrison’s words, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it”, participants are exhorted to be playful, to experiment with new writing styles.
In short, if you’re aged between 8 and 18, and are interested in writing, please do consider submitting your work. Scouting for and giving a voice to writers is one of Oxford Writers’ House main missions, and we are particularly keen to support young writers, who represent the future of Oxford’s writing community, and whom we are here to encourage every step of the way.
(More information about the Peregrine Prize for Young Writers is available here)