The Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists 2019

Here's a superb opportunity to spend 10 months working at the top of British journalism at two prestigious publications, the New Statesman and The Times – and win £21,600.

The prize was established in memory of the writer and broadcaster Anthony Howard. Last year's winner, Eleni Courea (right), is currently completing fellowships with those titles, both 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, editor Howard was also an incisive judge of new talent. With this in mind, Lord Heseltine set up the award to honour the memory of his lifelong friend, a commitment that now continues through the two titles.

Applicants are now invited for the 2019 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. The winner will receive £21,600 and work for six months at the New Statesman and four months at The Times, starting in October.

Eleni Courea triumphed last year with her proposal to investigate the emerging fault lines in the Labour left between Momentum and the trade unions, maintaining that the outcome of this struggle will define the future direction of the party.

Applicants for the 2019 prize 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 26 April 2019.

This year's prize will be determined by Lord Hennessy, Sir Jeremy Isaacs and representatives from the New Statesman and the Times.


Eleni Courea. Photograph by Sophia Evans

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

Anthony Howard, 2008