This competition, for students aged between 16 and 18, aims to discover new voices in journalism, who can bring their knowledge of history to bear on current affairs.
You are asked to write 1,200 words on a topic in the news using a historical perspective.
- Can an event in the past cast new light on a current controversy?
- How has history shaped the burning issues of today e.g. Brexit, climate change, inequality?
- Are what appear to be new debates merely old arguments in a different form?
Here are some strong examples from the national press to give you an idea of the style of writing we are looking for:
- Dunkirk and Darkest Hour fuel Brexit fantasies – even if they weren’t meant to - Ian Jack, The Guardian
- Flip-Flopping on Free Speech - The fight for the First Amendment, on campuses and football fields, from the sixties to today - Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
- ‘There were Africans in Britain before the English came here’: how Staying Power shook British History - Gary Younge, The Guardian
- Stop being bystanders – there are refugees in dire need who need help - Rohan Silva, Evening Standard
The winner will receive a £1,000 prize and there will be four runners-up, who will each receive £50.
In order to be eligible for this competition, you must:
- Be a UK resident
- Be aged between 16 and 18 on the 31 July 2019
- Submit your entry by 23:59 on 31 July 2019 (GMT)