Goldsmiths Young Writer Competitions

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Are you a budding journalist, anthropologist or creative writer? Enter one of our three writing competitions to be in with a chance of winning a £1,000 prize.

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Our writing competitions for 16-18 year olds are designed to uncover the next generation of writing talent. Enter one (or all!) of the Young Writer Prize for creative writing, the Young Columnist Award for journalism with a historical angle and the Young Anthropologist Award for writing about culture.

The three competitions each have a first prize of £1,000 and two runners-up prizes of £50. All shortlisted entries will also receive a small gift.

Please see the individual competition pages for more infomation, or fill in the form at the bottom of this page to be kept updated.

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Young Anthropologist Award

A 1,000-word essay competition for those interested in cultural capital and differing experiences of culture. Your writing will focus on a personal experience of ‘culture shock’, and what it taught you about both other cultures and your own.

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Young Columnist Award

A 1,200-word journalism competition for those who have an interest in current affairs and history, with a flair for journalism. Your writing will take a topic in the news and provide new insight using a historical perspective.

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Young Writer Prize

A 1,000-word short fiction competition for creative writers and story tellers. Your creative piece has to include elements that will be revealed to you when you register

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