Media Trust, The Sun and The Scottish Sun have joined forces to launch Column Idol 2013, an initiative to find raw, undiscovered writing talent and get young voices heard. Fronted by Myleene Klass and Amy Macdonald, the competition offers 16-25 year olds the chance to be mentored by top journalists and have their opinions read by millions.
This year promises to be bigger and better, with two places for budding young writers to be crowned Column Idol 2013. As well as rolling out the search across England and Wales for the fourth consecutive year with The Sun, this year’s competition is also running in The Scottish Sun. A total of ten finalists will battle it out for the two top spots - one Column Idol for each title. Top journalists from across the two papers will mentor the finalists, helping them polish their ideas and support them as they write their columns.
To enter, tell us a bit about yourself, what you'd like to write about and why you deserve to be crowned Column Idol 2013.
There will be six finalists selected from across England and Wales and four selected in Scotland. Those shortlisted will present their columns to high-profile judging panels including The Sun’s Editor Dominic Mohan, The Scottish Sun’s Editor Andrew Harries and Lorraine Kelly. One winner will be selected in England & Wales and one winner will be selected in Scotland; both will receive the prize of having their column printed in their respective national newspaper in autumn 2013.
The competition is open until midday 12 July 2013.