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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.

Previous prizes have included being published on The Guardian Foundation website, Masterclass vouchers, book vouchers and digital subscriptions to the Guardian.

The next competition dates will be announced in late 2022
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
Our Behind the Headlines programmes has a range of careers advice, including opinion writing guidance.
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
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