DAVID WELCH STUDENT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2018

How to enter:
The competition is open to all students aged between 16-25 currently in full-time education at school, college or university.

All entrants must submit three pieces of writing no longer than 600 words each. They must be on the subject of sport and should take a wide-ranging form. Specifically:

1. Report of sporting event (could be hang-gliding, boccia, dressage, as well as the more conventional targets, football, rugby, cricket. Colour, detail and humour welcome.)

2. A blog, opinion, feature, interview on any subject either tightly or loosely relevant to sport.

3. A Sporting Top 10. Can be straightforward like the Top 10 Performances in Rio or something far more oblique and personal. It should be an interesting or provocative selection, each of the 10 justified in short 50-70 word captions.

At least one of these three entries MUST be on the subject of women’s sport – exploits of the England Women’s cricket, rugby and football teams, the 4x100m relay team, Hannah Cockcroft, Elise Christie, and more, in 2017.

The entries must be emailed* to entries@davidwelchcompetition.co.uk by Sunday 4th February 2018 .

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The three sections of your entry must be included in the body of the email, and not added as attachments.

Entries must begin with name, address, age, and contact number, and include details of educational establishment, a referee from the school/university and their contact details. The top three nominees will be invited with a guest to: The SJA British Sports Journalism Awards Gala Dinner, on Monday 26th February 2018 at Westminster Park Plaza in London.

The winner will be acknowledged in The Daily Telegraph and have one of their submissions published on The Telegraph website. They will also be offered a week’s unpaid work experience, culminating in the opportunity to attend a sports event to write their own report, accompanied by one of the newspaper’s journalists.

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In the words of a previous winner:

“Trying to open doors into sports journalism as a young person is the most difficult thing. Everyone wants to write about sport – because if you can get there, there are few better ways to spend your working life. What the David Welch Award has allowed me to do is gain an entry into that world. If you have won recognition from those working in the industry, people do take notice.

After the award, I had a week’s work experience at The Times. When it was over, they might easily have let me drift off to other things. But someone noticed I had won the David Welch, and that was the impetus they needed to keep me on. From there, the rest is up to you.

Being nominated shows that you are on the right path – that a group of people have enjoyed or been moved or interested by what you have written – and surely that’s what any writer is after. Winning the award has also allowed me to pursue what I most love, investigative journalism, through a contact I met on the night itself who has helped me enormously.

Put simply, for me the David Welch Award was recognition and confirmation that this was what I should be doing with my life. Good luck to everyone who applies.”