Parliamentary Press Gallery Competition 2010

Competition winners from 2008 with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Sarah Brown (image: Parliamentary Press Gallery)

Young political writers from years 10-13 can win a visit to Westminster to meet journalists and politicians in the Parliamentary Press Gallery writing competition.

2010 theme: the general election

This year's competition asks students in years 10-13 to think about the next general election (due before June 2010) and the policy priorities they believe should be put forward by the main political parties.

  • Years 10-11: 800-1000 words
  • Years 12-13: 1500-1700 words

Eight winners from each age group will be announced in January 2010. Entries will be accepted between 1 October and 12 November 2009.

Topic: You're a policy adviser...
Students in both age groups are asked to imagine they are policy advisers to one of the leading political parties. Their entries should put forward three policy priorities for one of the parties explaining why they are integral to an election manifesto.

In addition, students in years 12-13 are asked to consider the effects of the economic recession on their manifesto promises. They should consider how the incoming government might balance its priorities to avoid tax increases or cuts in public spending.

Winners will receive a visit to Westminster to meet political journalists, ministers and members of Parliament, while touring the Palace of Westminster.

In addition, leaders of each of the three main political parties will receive copies of all the finalists' essays for consideration in their real manifestos.

Full competition details
Visit the competition's homepage for all the details including terms and conditions and how to enter:

About the annual competition

Write Now: The Parliamentary Press Gallery Writing Competition was first established in 2003 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. It aims to support the citizenship curriculum in schools while encouraging teenagers to think about the issues of the day, and to give them an enthusiasm for democratic politics and parliamentary journalism.

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