Search for new motoring journalism talent opens

The Guild of Motoring Writers is taking entries for the 2014 Jaguar Sir Williams Lyons Award, a search to find young, up-and-coming motoring journalists, aged between 17-23.

The prize carries a lot of weight in the hugely competitive world of motoring journalism, and many previous winners have gone on to successful careers in the industry.

This year’s award comes with a £2,000 cash prize, donated by Jaguar,  two years’ provisional membership of the Guild, an editorial placement with a national motoring title and, above all, widespread industry recognition as being ‘one to watch’.

The competition is designed for candidates to showcase their ability to engage with social media, as well their writing skills.

Entrants are required to submit a 1,000-word article on ‘What defines a premium vehicle in 2014?’ Six finalists will be picked who will then have two weeks to promote their work on social media, with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. They will also have to produce an analysis of their original piece and, after the marketing campaign has closed, a full analysis of the process.

Each of the finalists will then be interviewwd by members of the Guild. The winner will be announced at the Guild Annual Dinner in December, at the RAC’s Pall Mall HQ.

No track record in journalism is needed to enter the Award. You just need to be able to write clearly, entertainingly if possible and be certain in your opinion.

And who knows? If you’re lucky enough to win, you could have the desk next to mine in the not-too-distant future.

Full details no how to enter are available here

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