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Hugo Young Award

Recognising young talent in political opinion writing

The Hugo Young Award is a political opinion writing competition, created in memory of Hugo Young, a political columnist at The Guardian for almost 20 years. Hugo was one of the most influential figures in British political journalism.

Championing the best political opinion writing amongst students and young people across the UK, this award celebrates Hugo’s legacy by encouraging fresh voices, new perspectives and great writing which, now more than ever, are essential to the future of quality, independent political journalism. Entries will open again in 2022.

Our 2021 winners

Abby Wallace
Integrated education in Northern Ireland is urgent – why can’t our leaders see that?
Hugo Young Award Winner
Rosamund Cloke
#MeToo changed Hollywood – but what about our schools, workplaces and homes?
Young Hugo Award Winner (ages 16-18 category)

Previous winners

In 2020 our winners Ian Johnston and Amy Rushton were announced online by Katharine Viner and Sonia Sodha following the cancellation of our ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch the announcement and read the winning articles here.

Guidance and support

Writing tips
In September we launched Media careers insight week, an opportunity for young people interested in careers in media to hear from professionals working in the field.

We had a whole day all about feature and opinion writing, a great way to build on your writing skills.
Get in touch
If you have questions about the competition, we are happy to help. Feel free to email us.
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