The Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists 2017

Here's a superb opportunity to win £25,000 and work for three prestigious British publications: The Times, the Observer and the New 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, Patrick Maguire, 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 2017 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. Patrick Maguire triumphed last year with his proposal to examine the enduring consequences for those constituencies where the sitting MP choses to resign the party whip or has it withdrawn. How do their constituents feel about it? Do they see their MP as a brave iconoclast or a selfish incompetent?

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





The 2016 winner Patrick Maguire with Lord Heseltine.

Photograph by Sophia Evans

Applications will close at 23.59 on Sunday 23 April 2017.

This year's prize will be determined by

Claire Tomalin, Robert Harris, Peter Hennessy,

Sir Jeremy Isaacs and Jeremy Paxman.