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Hugo Young Award

Recognising young talent in political opinion writing

Ella Creamer and Elsie McDowell have won the 2023 Hugo Young Award
We are delighted to announce that Ella Creamer, a freelance journalist, is the winner of our 2023 Hugo Young Award (19-25 category). Ella’s winning piece ‘My mum’s death was slow and painful – she deserved the choice to end her life’ focuses on the realities of palliative care in England, and her experience of the system at the end of her mum’s life.

Elsie McDowell from St Saviour’s and St Olave’s Church of England School, is the winner the Hugo Young Award's 16-18 age category. Her piece 'The truth about "regeneration" in London: I can’t afford to live where I grew up' draws from her experience growing up in the London Borough of Southwark.
The runners up
  • Freya Graham has recieved the 19-25 age cateogry runner up prize for her piece on the importance of local transport as a way to avoid rural isolation.

  • Laila Omar Abbas has recieved the 16-18 age category runner up prize for her piece on issues surrounding AI art filters

  • The Hugo Young Award is now closed for entries until 2024
    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.

    Championing the best political opinion writing amongst those aged 16-25 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. The Hugo Young Award will open for entries in early 2024 with full eligibility information and guidance.

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