Recognised as one of the most prestigious writing prizes around, Vogue's Talent Contest for Young Writers has helped launch the careers of authors, playwrights, poets - and members of Vogue's staff. They're looking for journalists with an eye for a good story, who can tell it with originality, wit and structure. The winner will receive £1,000, and the runner-up, £500. If you are under 25 and want to enter, read on.

Please note, you must complete all sections.

-       A descriptive interview with a person who is not a member of your family (800 words).

-       Write a social-observation piece. This can be a cultural review, a commentary on current affairs, or an article about a fashion or beauty trend (800 words).

-       Pitch three ideas for stories suitable for Vogue. These can be related to the arts, beauty, fashion, a personality, or lifestyle orientated. You should briefly outline the proposal and, if you like, you may include visual prompts (no longer than 200 words each).

Entries must be submitted via email to by Friday 8th April 2016. Please include a photograph of yourself as an attachment, while the main body of the message should list your name, permanent address, telephone number, date of birth and occupation. The judging panel will include Vogue's editor, Alexandra Shulman, senior members of the magazine's staff and guest judges. Finalists will be invited to a lunch at Vogue, after which the winner will be decided.

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