Column Idol 2011 Searches for Raw Undiscovered Writing Talent | Young Academic Student News

Committed to bringing you the latest in UK and student news, Young Academic can today bring you all the relevant information on a great little competition for all writers out there looking for success.  Communications enhancing charity Media Trust and national newspaper The Sun have launched an initiative to find raw talent in the form of a writing competition named Column Idol 2011.  Do you think you have what it takes?

The competition, now in its second year, is fronted by musician Jessie J and gives young writers the opportunity to get their name in print.  Top journalists will guide the competitors through the stages of the competition and one lucky winner will get the chance to have their column printed in one of Britain’s most popular newspapers.

“Young people are always saying that they want to be heard, and this is an opportunity for them to step up and do it” –  Jessie J


To enter, all young aspiring writers out there must submit a short description about themselves, what it is they like to write about if they were to win and why it is that they deserve to be the winner of Column Idol 2011.

The six lucky enough to be short-listed will be mentored by The Sun’s top journalists who will aid in their writing, polish their ideas and give support to the writers when writing their column.  The final stage will involve a presentation of the finished columns to a high-profile judging panel including The Sun’s editor Dominic Mohan and columnist Jane Moore who will then pick the winner.  The prize? The winner’s column printed in the newspaper in September 2011.

Column Idol spokesperson and singer Jessie J gave her opinion on the competition: “This is a fantastic chance for anyone who likes writing and has an opinion.  Young people are always saying that they want to be heard, and this is an opportunity for them to step up and do it!”

For full details and an entry form, pop over to The Sun website!

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