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Young Hugo Award 2021

A political opinion writing competition for 16-18 year olds

Entries for 2021 are now closed. The Young Hugo Award, is a writing competition for young people aged 16-18, encouraging fresh voices and great opinion writing from aspiring young journalists across the UK.

The winning piece will be published on the Guardian Foundation website. The winner will receive a free place at a Guardian Masterclass worth £50 and a 1-year digital subscription to the Guardian. The winner's school/youth group will also receive a £100 Guardian Bookshop voucher.
Over 18?
Young Hugo runs alongside the Hugo Young Award, for ages 18-25, which was created in memory of the late Hugo Young, a political columnist at the Guardian for almost 20 years and one of the most influential figures in British journalism.
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 if you are interested in entering the Young Hugo Award next year.
Get in touch
If you have questions about the competition, you should ask your teacher/youth leader for help. They are welcome to email us for more information at hugoyoungaward@theguardianfoundation.org
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