Oxford Writers’ House presents The Peregrine Prize for Young Writers, a schools-wide search for Oxford City’s Young Writer, 2017-2018. In partnership with Oxford City Council, this prize is judged this year by Jon Day, a 2016 judge for the Man Booker Prize. The honour of representing Oxford's young voices will mean exposure and accolade for a blossoming artist. 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 50 - 1500 words. Recognition will be given for each age category, as well as an overall competition winner who will become Oxford’s Young City Writer.
We invite submissions in fiction from individuals and schools in the Oxford area (OX postcode). Entries are open to young writers of any experience.
Age 8-11 - Hatchling (Prize: £50)
Age 12-15 - Nestling (Prize: £100)
Age 16-18 - Fledgeling (£150) + Oxford City Young Writer, 2017-2018
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 June 24th, 2017. Entry is free.
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. 2nd and 3rd place prizes are the inventive Descriptosaurus books, thanks to our sponsors the Taylor and Francis Group.