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Do you fancy becoming
the new George Dobell, Tanya Aldred, Christopher Martin-Jenkins or Neville
The Cricketer invites you to throw your hat in the ring for our exciting new competition.
We want to find untapped talent.
You need to be an aspiring young amateur cricket writer who wants to reach a wider audience.
Send us up to 800 words on a cricket topic of your choice; your article could be opinion, a match report, it could contain quotes…
Entries will be accepted from March 7, 2018 through to the closing deadline of May 24, the first day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s.
You must be under 25 (please include your exact age) when the competition starts.
Our panel of judges will include members of The Cricketer editorial team plus Dean Wilson, cricket correspondent of The Mirror, and Tanya Aldred.
The panel will narrow down the entrants to a shortlist of 10 – all of whose articles will be published on thecricketer.com and whose details will appear in the magazine and the authors’ names and pictures will appear in the magazine.
The winner of The Cricketer Young Writer Award will also have their article published in The Cricketer magazine, and will win a contract worth £500 to write five additional articles for our website, to be published through the forthcoming 2018 cricket season.
Knowledge, the ability to write, perseverance, being in the right place at the right time, who you know… there is not one single factor in making it as a cricket writer.
Take these examples:
Dean Wilson featured in a Wisden Almanack as the leading schoolboy run-scorer in the country. It didn't translate into a pro career, but he became an award-winning journalist at Hayters Teamwork sports agency and is The Mirror's cricket correspondent.
The Telegraph cricket correspondent Scyld Berry grew up watching the Yorkshire championship-winning team of the 1960s at Bramall Lane. He wrote to the Observer when at university in 1976 looking for a vacation job. As he says: “The rest is journalism.”
The Daily Mail’s cricket correspondent, Paul Newman “first wrote about cricket as a teenager when he covered Essex for his local newspaper group, the Waltham Forest Guardian-Gazette, and ghosted his heroes for the 'Essex Echoes' column. It was during this time that he was dismissed first ball by a young leg-spinner called Nasser Hussain playing for Walthamstow Under-18s against Ilford at the start of what has become a long and productive professional relationship and friendship.
The Sun’s cricket correspondent, John Etheridge says: “I spent the summer of 1977 helping Bill Frindall, the ‘Bearded Wonder’ scorer of Test Match Special fame, and he put me in touch with Reg Hayter, who ran the UK’s No.1 sports reporting agency.”