Young Columnist

A 1,200-word journalism competition for those with a flair for journalism and an interest in current affairs and history.

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What should I write about

The Young Columnist Award aims to discover new voices in journalism who can use their knowledge of history to explore current affairs. Your writing will take a topic in the news and provide new insight using a historical perspective.

Please think about the following questions:

  • 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 supposedly new debates merely old arguments in a different form?

How to enter

  1. Register using the button below, and select “Young Columnist 2020” as the competition. 
  2. Write your entry, making sure that you keep within the word limit.
  3. Submit your entry via email before the deadline of midnight on 31 July 2020.


The Young Columnist Award is for people aged between 16 and 18. Applicants should be currently studying at a school or college in the UK. For a full list of entry criteria, please see our terms and conditions


Once the closing date for submissions has passed, all entries will be read by our judging panel and a shortlist drawn up. From this shortlist, we will select one winner and two runners up. The chair of the judging panel is Dr Maurice Walsh from our leading Department of History.


All shortlisted entries will win a small prize. Two runners-up will receive £50 each. The winner of the Young Columnist Award will receive £1,000 and be invited to an event at Goldsmiths to receive their trophy.