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Hugo Young Award

Recognising young talent in political opinion writing

The Hugo Young Award is now open for entries
This award celebrates new voices and fresh perspectives in the UK which, now more than ever, is essential to the future of quality, independent journalism.

The competition offers a range of prizes, provides a platform for new voices in journalism and gives young people the opportunity to gain experience and networks.

We invite those aged 16-25 from a state school background to submit a short political opinion piece on a subject of their choice. We particularly encourage entries from those with a lower socio-economic background, Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and people with a disability.

Enter the 16-18 age category

The 16-18 age category is open until 26th February 2024. To enter this category, please read our guidance before submitting your piece. Please use the entry form to submit your finished piece. We will not accept entries via email.
Key information for 16-18s and their teachers:
  • You can enter the award by yourself, or through your teacher/youth worker using the form linked below.

  • If you are 16 or 17, we will ask you to confirm that you have permission to enter from a parent or guardian.

  • Please check that you are eligible and understand the criteria before applying by accessing our guidance in the link below.

  • Entries are now closed for the 19-25 age category

    The 19-25 age category closed for entries on 11th February 2024.

    Am I eligible to enter?

  • You must be 16-25 to apply. This includes those aged 16 and those aged 25.

  • You must be resident in the UK to enter.

  • Only those from a state school background can apply. This criterion is included to ensure we are championing voices typically underrepresented in the media and achieving our aims as a charity. This means that you are either currently attending a state-funded school or have previously attended one.

  • This competition is about discovering new talent. If you are working as a journalist, freelance or otherwise, this competition is not for you.

  • Prizes

    16-18 category
    The winner will receive:
  • £100 in book vouchers

  • a digital subscription to the Guardian for one year

  • your article published on the Guardian Foundation's website

  • a voucher for a Guardian Live event

  • a trophy presented at our annual event

  • The runner up will receive:
  • a voucher for a Guardian Live event

  • a certificate presented at our annual event

  • 19-25 category
    The winner will receive:
  • a £1,000 prize

  • their article published in the Guardian

  • one week's work experience at the Guardian

  • a trophy presented at our annual event

  • The runner up will receive:
  • a £200 prize

  • a voucher for a Guardian Live event

  • a certificate presented at our annual event

  • Previous winners

    More pieces

    Guidance and support

    The guidance on full terms and conditions for your category will be published closer to the time.
    Writing tips
    Check out our advice on feature and opinion writing.
    Get in touch
    If you have questions about the competition, we are happy to help. Feel free to drop us an email.
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