With Just Three Days To Go, James Corden Backs Column Idol 2011

Back in April, Young Academic brought news of a writing competition launched by national newspaper The Sun and communications enhancing charity Media Trust called Column Idol. In essential student news and with just three days until the initiative closes, here at HQ were back with some advice from funny man James Corden on how you can become the next column writer.

The competition, run by The Sun newspaper and charity Media Trust, is offering six writers to chance to be mentored by a top panel of judges with one lucky winner the chance to have their column printed in the newspaper.

“How many times do we hear young people complaining that they don’t have a voice? Here is a chance to address that.”


To enter the competition, aspiring writers from across the country must submit a short description about themselves, what it is they want to write about and why they think they should be crowned Column Idol 2011.  Head over to The Sun website to find full details and the entry form.

Competition in full flow the entries have been coming in thick and fast and with only three days to go there hasn’t been a better time to enter.  The judges are looking for raw, undiscovered talent from a young opinionated writer – have you got what it takes?

Comedy actor and writer James Corden, known for his co-creation of hit comedy Gavin and Stacey, is recognised as one of Britain’s brightest young writers.  Joining Jessie J as spokesperson and face of the competition is urging anyone with a passion for writing to enter the competition.  Put quite simply, he remarks “You could be the best writer in the world – someone’s got to be.”

Corden told The Sun Corden told The Sun: “Whether you’ve been writing all your life, or you’ve never picked up a pen and pad, there’s no reason not to enter.

“Even if writing and journalism isn’t something you want to go into, it’s a huge achievement for anyone to have their thoughts conveyed to the nation.

“How many times do we hear young people complaining that they don’t have a voice? Here is a chance to address that.”

The closing date for entries is Monday 20 June at Midday.

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