Young Hugo Award 2021

A political opinion writing competition for 16-18 year olds

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.

Entries for the 2021 award will open on 1st October 2021. 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.
How to enter
> All applications should be submitted via your teacher or youth leader
> Entries open on 1st October 2021 and close on 22nd October 2021
> Entries should be a political opinion piece between 500 and 700 words, on a subject of your choice
> To submit your piece, your teacher/youth leader should email your piece in PDF format with a completed submission form to by 22nd October 2021
> We can only receive a maximum of 5 articles per school or youth group which must be submitted via the teacher /youth leader from their school/youth group email account. You should let your teacher know you want to take part before you start writing your piece
> For further criteria and T&Cs, read our full guidance before you start writing.
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.
Further guidance and help
Media careers insight week
We're launching our Media careers insight week on 27th September. This will be an opportunity for young people interested in careers in media to hear from professionals working in the field.

On Friday 1st October, there will be a whole day dedicated to opinion writing, where experienced Guardian journalists will be giving their top writing tips. This will be a great opportunity for Hugo Young entrants to build on their writing skills ahead of submitting their piece.

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Get in touch
If you have questions about the competition, you should ask your teacher/youth leader. They are welcome to email us for more information at
What is an opinion article?
Find out more about what makes a good opinion article.
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