The Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists 2014

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 last year in memory of writer and broadcaster Anthony Howard, and first winner Lucy Fisher is currently serving three successive internships over the next 12 months 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 2014 prize.

Candidates should submit a detailed proposal for a 5,000-word essay on an aspect of British politics and government. Lucy Fisher triumphed last year with her idea to investigate how a handful of backbench MPs have used select committee membership to gain prominence in Westminster, build a media profile and hence significantly advance their careers – “exactly the sort of article Tony would have commissioned”, as one judge remarked.

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

Anthony Howard, 1985. Photograph by Neil Libbert