Win £25,000 and work at three great publications

The Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists 2015

Here's a superb opportunity to win £25,000 and work for three prestigious British publications: The Times, the Observer and the News Statesman.

The generous prize, sponsored by the Haymarket Media Group, was established in memory of the writer and broadcaster Anthony Howard. Last year's winner, Ashley Cowburn is currently serving three successive fellowships with those titles, all of which are closely associated with Howard.

Recognised as one of the most acute political commentators of his generation and a familiar face and voice on TV and radio, Howard was also an incisive judge of new talent. With this in mind, Lord Heseltine, who established Haymarket Media Group, set up the award to honour the memory of his lifelong friend.

Applicants are now invited for the 2015 prize.

Working or aspiring journalists under the age of 27 should submit a detailed proposal for a 5,000-word piece on an aspect of British politics and government, displaying the qualities that Howard most looked for in a writer: flair, imagination and wit. Ashley Cowburn triumphed last year with his idea to examine how an increase in working-class people in the upper echelons of politics could revitalise voter turnout and reverse diminished enthusiasm for British politics.

Applicants should send their proposal, an example of their writing (maximum 800 words) and a short CV, including contact details, to

Applications will close at
23.59 on Friday 1 May 2015.

This year's prize will be determined by
Claire Tomalin, Robert Harris, Peter Hennessy, Sir Jeremy Isaacs and Jeremy Paxman.


Anthony Howard, 1985. Photograph by Neil Libbert

Anthony Howard, 2008

"The great pleasure of editing a paper is the chance you are given to encourage talent"