The search is on to find the south’s top young writers who want to have their say on Brexit.

Highbury College is challenging 14 to 16-year-olds to put their skills to the test in a writing competition for the chance to win up to £150 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Youngsters can take part by writing a story, article, poem or essay of no more than 600 words on the theme of Brexit.

Entries can cover anything from their thoughts on the referendum to the current negotiations in Brussels or even how the country or world might look after leaving the European Union.

A winner and five runners-up will be chosen by a panel of five judges. Judges include award-winning Southsea-based poet Maggie Sawkins, Portchester-based author Claire Colley, Portsmouth’s Poet Laureate Sam Cox, editor of the Portsmouth News Mark Waldron and Highbury College English lecturer Matthew Fleming.

Dr William Pedley from Highbury College’s Sixth Form Academy said: “We can’t wait to see what the south’s young writers come up with in this competition.

“This is a great opportunity for teenagers who were denied the opportunity to vote in the EU Referendum the chance to make their voices heard and put their opinions on record before negotiations come to a close.

“We know there are a lot of talented young people across Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight so we are looking forward to reading their stories, poems, articles and essays.”

The competition is open to youngsters living in Portsmouth and within a 30-mile radius of the city – stretching from Goring-by-Sea up to Farnham and the southern side of Basingstoke and covering the whole of the Isle of Wight and the New Forest.

Entries must be emailed to before January 8 2018 for the chance to win the windfall of Amazon vouchers – with a top prize worth £150 and five runner-up prizes each worth £50.


The challenge

Submit an article, poem or essay of no more than 600 words on the theme Brexit. This piece of writing can be anything you can think of as long as it is engaging and would entertain your peers. We are looking for creative and inspiring articles.

The prize

First prize is a £150 Amazon voucher.
There are also five £50 runner-up prizes.

The judges

- Mark Waldron, editor of the Portsmouth News
- Maggie Sawkins, award-winning poet
- Claire Colley. author
- Sam Cox, Portsmouth's Poet Laureate
- Matthew Fleming, English lecturer at Highbury Sixth Form Academy

Are you up to the challenge?

Submit your entry before 8th January 2018 by emailing your entry to

Terms and conditions

By entering our Brexit Challenge you agree to our competition terms and conditions below:

- The prize promotion is open to students aged 14-16 living in Portsmouth or surrounding 30-mile radius.
- The competition is not open to the families of Highbury College employees.
- To enter you must submit an article, poem or essay of your choice of no more than 600 words on the theme 'Brexit'.
- Submissions must be made before midnight on 8th January 2018.
- No substitutions and no equivalent cash value are offered.
- The winner will be notified via email by 30th January 2018.
- The winners' names will be published and the winners may be required to participate in publicity.
- The winner of the competition agrees that neither Highbury College not its employees or any sponsors shall have any liability in connection with the acceptance or use of any of the prize awarded herein.
- Prizes are subject to availability.
- This competition is run solely by Highbury College and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with any third parties.

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  • Date 20/12/2017