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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.

Entries for the 2021 award have now closed. The winner will have their piece published on The Guardian, the opportunity to shadow a Guardian journalist and will receive a cash prize of £500.

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.
Under 18?
You can only enter the Hugo Young Award if you are aged 18-25, but we also run our Young Hugo Award for 16-18 year olds, which runs at the same time and has some amazing prizes.
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.
I like writing on political culture and identity. I chose to write on this topic because nuanced views in Northern Ireland are so often ignored in favour of extremes. I'm delighted that the judges enjoyed it and it's a real encouragement for me as a young journalist.
Ian Johnston
Winner of the Hugo Young Award 2020
I'm really pleased and excited to have won. I wrote about the environment because its something I feel really strongly about... Thank you so much for this award and encouraging my writing.
Amy Rushton
Winner of the Young Hugo Award 2020
Further 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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