Young Hugo Award

From The Guardian Foundation

Resource type: Competition

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

The Young Hugo Award is a political opinion writing competition for young people aged 16-18. The award was set up in memory of Hugo Young, a former political columnist at The Guardian and is designed to inspire aspiring young journalists across the UK.

Entries for the Young Hugo Award must be between 500-700 words long and be linked to current local, national or international political events. Submissions must be made through a school or youth group and there is a maximum of five entries per school.

Entries are judged by a panel of Guardian journalists. The winning piece is published on The Guardian Foundation website and there are prizes for the winning author and their school.

Timetable:

  • The competition runs through October.
  • The shortlist is announced in November.
  • The winner is announced in December.

Cost: Free.

About The Guardian Foundation: The Guardian Foundation is a charity that promotes global press freedom and access to liberal journalism. They work with journalists, news organisations, audiences and educators, in schools and across communities to enhance people’s ability to evaluate news critically, facilitate opportunities for inclusion in media and build media capacity.

Further resources:

  • Supporting resources are available on The Guardian Foundation website.
  • The Behind the Headlines programme provides workshops and teaching resources to empower young people to understand and engage with the news and media.
  • The Day is an online daily news platform designed specifically for secondary schools and colleges.

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