The rules


The Anthony Howard Award is open to aspiring journalists aged under 28* on the closing date of entry.

Applicants are required to propose a subject for a 5,000 word essay on British politics and government, displaying the qualities that Howard most looked for in a journalist: flair, imagination and wit. They should outline how they would propose to research the essay and they should include an example of their writing, published or unpublished (maximum 800 words), and a short CV with contact details.

The successful candidate will receive £21,600 and will research and write the 5,000-word essay while undertaking two fellowships, one at the New Statesman of six months’ duration and one at The Times of four months’ duration, starting in October.

Employees of the New Statesman and The Times (or their relatives) are not eligible to enter.

*2021 only