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Essay Writing Prize for GCSE & Post 16 Students

This November, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (part of Orion Publishing Group) are publishing Goodbye,Europe: a collection of personal essays, anecdotes, short stories, and illustrations which explore our relationship with Europe.

Much has been made of the decision to leave Europe, with a particular focus in the debate on the difference in voting habits between the youngest in society and everyone else. Orion would like to give people of that generation a voice in this collection, and they hope that members will help us spread the word. At least one spot in this wonderful collection will be given to the winner of a nationwide essay writing competition. The winning student(s) will become a published author alongside some of the country’s most treasured writers and artists featuring novelists, journalists, poets and illustrators.

Orion would love to have entries from SLA member's schools and they  ask that you please publicise this in your classes, libraries, assemblies, newsletters and other means of communication.


- Only GCSE, IB and A-level students are eligible

- The word count is circa 1,000 words and the winning entrant will also receive £2,000 pounds

- The deadline for entries is Monday 7 th August, during the summer holidays, and should be

sent to goodbyeeurope[at]orionbooks.co.uk

- Submissions should be sent with a title of the piece and the name, age and school of the


- The finished book of Goodbye, Europe will be published this November in hardback

The pieces can be purely intimate and individual, or take a specific cultural angle – such as food, art, music, language – or a wider socio-political approach without any necessity to adopt a political stance. The pieces can be moving, funny or fascinating but in essence the organisers are looking for essays thatare engaging, and give the reader a deep insight into the writer’s personal relationship with Europe.

For further questions, comments, or guidance please email goodbyeeurope[at]orionbooks.co.uk

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