The competition will open for entries in January 2023 and will remain open for around one month.
There will be two award categories: 16-18 age category and 19-25 age category.
You must be resident in the UK to enter.
Only those from a state school background can apply. This means that you are either currently attending a state-funded school or have previously attended one. This criteria is included so that we can make sure we are championing voices typically underrepresented in the media.
Prizes for the 16-18 age category include being published on our website, a one-year digital subscription to the Guardian, a trophy and more.
Prizes for the 19-25 age category include being published on the Guardian website and in the newspaper, a cash prize, work experience, a trophy and more.
A well researched political opinion piece. We’re defining politics as the choices that individuals, governments, corporations and other groups make, and how these choices impact society or a group of people. This means that most topics can be looked at from a political angle, so don't feel limited in your subject matter. Previous topics have included the climate crisis, COVID-19, women’s rights and homelessness.
Timely for publication in March/April 2023.
You are able to write in your own voice and style.
The piece brings a fresh perspective on a political subject (this is particularly important for the 19-25 age category).
The piece is persuasive, with a clear structure.