Entries open for the MHP + Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2021

Use the form on this page to submit your entry for the MHP + Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2021.

Entries are open for this year’s MHP + Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards which celebrate the brightest and best young people working in the media today.

You can enter by using the entry form below.

The closing date is 23:59 on Thursday 8th April.

This is the tenth year that we have organised the 30 To Watch awards, and we’re delighted that the event has grown in size and stature with every passing year. Last year was a landmark year with our judges reviewing almost 400 entries from almost 150 media outlets.

Once more, the 30 To Watch awards are FREE to enter. The only criteria for entrants are that you must be 30 or under at the time the entry item was published and be either working as a journalist in the UK, or a UK journalist working overseas.


The 30 To Watch Young Journalist Awards have eight ‘thematic’ categories – you can only enter one, and it’s up to you to choose which one is most appropriate for your work:

  • News: Entries can come from any title and should focus on exclusive and innovative reporting or outstanding and memorable stories.
  • City & Business: Entrants should already be making a name for themselves for quality reporting on the big stories in the City and beyond.
  • Culture, Entertainment, Lifestyle: Are you a reporter who spots new trends, styles and stars before they hit the mainstream?
  • Financial & Consumer Affairs: We’re looking for journalists who are covering the latest developments in financial services and personal finance.
  • Health: We want to see entries from young journalists working for the trade press or mainstream media who are breaking stories and show a first class grasp of complex issues and how to bring them to a wider audience.
  • International Affairs: This category encompasses reporting on everything beyond Britain’s border – including journalists in the UK reporting on international issues, and UK journalists working overseas.
  • Politics: Are you making a name for yourself for breaking stories and turning tip offs into front page news?
  • Tech: We want to hear from those breaking the latest technology stories – from the start-up scene to Silicon Valley’s titans, as well as the newest product and innovation developments.

We also want to recognise some of the different channels, mediums and formats awards-winning journalism can take.

In addition to the eight thematic categories above, if appropriate you can also ask for your work to be considered in one of these four “best of” categories:

  • Best Social Media or Content Activation: If your work told a more engaging story and reached new audiences through specific, unique and effective use of digital, interactive or experiential content, we want to hear from you.
  • Best Photographer: Many of our past 30 To Watch winners have been photo-journalists. This year, we’re celebrating the power of the image by making this a specific category.
  • Best Campaign or Investigation: We want to see examples of in-depth reporting which brings an important issue to public attention or holds decision-makers to account.
  • The Depolarisation Award: This award celebrates journalism that has helped to break down barriers between communities by building trust and understanding and helping people see an issue from another perspective.


1. What articles should I submit?
Any published work (including text articles, photographs, videos, podcasts & graphics) can be submitted if they were published between Friday 19th June 2020 and the closing date for entries (8th April 2021).

2. How many pieces can I submit?

Entrants can submit a maximum of three samples of their work.

3. How many categories can I enter?

You can only enter one thematic category – it’s up to you to choose which section best reflects your work.

However in addition, you can also choose to have your work considered for one of our four”best of” categories, (Best Social Media or Content Activation; Best Photographer; Best Campaign / Investigation; and The Depolarisation Award). If you’d like to be considered for any of these additional categories, simply tick the relevant box on the entry form.

4. Can I send a supporting statement?

Entrants can, if they choose, submit a supporting statement of no more than 100 words written either by themselves or by a colleague.

5. How much does it cost to enter?

30 To Watch is free to enter.

6. How will I know if I have won?

Judging will begin after the closing date. The 30 winners will be notified and the eight gold winners will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony.

7. Is 30 To Watch only open to UK journalists?

Any nationality journalist can enter if you are working full time as a journalist in the UK or if you are a UK citizen working as a journalist overseas

8. How old can I be to enter 30 To Watch?

Entrants should have been 30-years-old or younger on the date their submitted work was published.


The Judges

MHP + Mischief’s 30 To Watch Awards are judged by leading journalists from across the industry – many of whom are former #30ToWatch winners.

Our 2021 judging panel is chaired by Richard Sambrook, Former Director of News at the BBC and now Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, and includes:

  • Kate McCann – Political Correspondent – Sky News
  • Peter Campbell – Global Motor Industry Correspondent – Financial Times
  • Anne Alexander – Senior Political Producer – Good Morning Britain
  • Pandora Sykes – Fashion writer and Broadcaster
  • Kat Lay – Health Editor – The Times
  • Robert Guest – Foreign Editor – The Economist
  • Harry Cole – Political Editor – The Sun
  • John Stevens – Deputy Political Editor – Daily Mail
  • Geraldine McKelvie – Investigations Editor – The Mirror
  • Polly Curtis – Managing Director – PA Media


If you have any questions about MHP + Mischief’s 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2020 please email