This week Vogue announced that its 2015 Vogue Talent Contest for Young Writers is now open to applications.
Established in 1951, it has become one of the most esteemed writing awards around, with previous winners progressing on to become celebrated authors, playwrights, poets and journalists.
To succeed, Vogue are looking for writers that can tell a story, and tell it with originality, wit, and structure. The prize is £1,000, plus a month’s paid internship at Vogue HQ, with £500 reserved for the runner up.
Here’s how to enter – all sections must be completed.
- Write a descriptive interview with a person who is not a member of your family (800 words).
- Write a social-observation piece. This can be a cultural review, a commentary on current affairs, or an article about a fashion or beauty trend (800 words).
- Pitch three ideas for stories suitable for Vogue. These can be related to the arts, beauty, fashion, personality, or lifestyle orientated. You should briefly outline the proposal and, if you like, you may include visual prompts (no longer than 200 words each).
Here are the conditions of entry:
Entrants should not have reached their 25th birthday by January 1, 2015; entries should be typed on one side of the paper only and sent to Vogue Talent Contest, Vogue House, 1-2 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1JU, to arrive no later than the closing date; copyright of entries belongs to the Condé Nast Publications Ltd and scripts will not be returned; the competition results will be announced in an autumn issue of Vogue and on Vogue.co.uk; in the event of a tie, the prize money will be shared; the editor’s decision is final.
The closing date is April 9, 2015, and accompanying the entry should be a passport-sized photograph of yourself, attached to a sheet of paper listing your name, permanent address, telephone number, date of birth and occupation. The judging panel will include Vogue’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, senior members of the magazine’s staff and guest judges. Finalists will be invited to a lunch at Vogue, after which the winner will be decided.