Young Financial Journalist of the Year

Terms & Conditions

As a condition of entry to the Young Financial Journalist of the Year Competition, all entrants and their parents or guardians on their behalf, agree:

  1. That the judge’s decision is final.
  2. No fee, reward or other recompense will be due to entrants other than as set out in the competition prizes. 
  3. Written submissions will not be returned and correspondence will not be entered into with the entrants.
  4. The entrant grants us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, world-wide licence to publish the entry in electronic format and hard copy formats at our sole discretion.
  5. Not to submit entries which have been published previously, whether in whole or part.
  6. That the entry will be the entrant’s own work and that it will not contain contributions from other people.
  7. That, at our request, any of the entrants will participate in publicity concerning the Competition and will, for that purpose, allow the use of his or her names, photographs and entries. 
  8. That we will be entitled to make full and free use of images (moving or still) and/or sound containing the likeness of the entrant for the purpose of publicising the Competition.
  9. To release and discharge us, our agents and sub-contractors from any and all claims, demands or causes of action arising from the entry itself or its contents and to sign a release form to that effect if required to do so.
  10. The Competition is not open to employees or family members of The London Institute of Banking & Finance.

Helpful guidelines

  1. Don't leave writing your article until the last minute! Set aside some time to research your article/blog properly as well as time to write a draft.
  2. Before you start writing, map out the structure of your article and try and grab the reader’s attention in the first couple of paragraphs.
  3. Remember that you are writing an article/blog for this competition, rather than an essay. Have a look at the business and personal finance sections of national newspapers or opinion pieces or blogs to give you an idea as to writing style and structure. 
  4. Check that your facts are accurate. Just because your friends, parents or teachers tell you something is correct doesn’t mean that it is - always try and verify any facts or statistics with a reliable source. 
  5. Make sure it’s relevant. While writing the article, refer back to the question to make sure you’re not getting side-tracked. 
  6. Make sure you don't exceed the 1,000 word limit.  
  7. Pay attention to the layout of your article and again have a look at the business and personal finance pages of some national newspapers. How are they formatted? Are images used? 
  8. Consider how to present your arguments. Is data best presented in a written paragraph or as an infographic or graph?
  9. Pay particular attention to spelling and grammar. Use your computer's spell checker but don’t rely solely on this as it may not pick up incorrect usage of words such as to/too/two or their/there/they’re etc. 
  10. Before submitting your article, read it through at least twice. Be ruthless - edit out any unnecessary words, phrases or paragraphs. Finally, get a friend to check through your article. They’ll probably spot at least one mistake or typo you may have missed.
  11. Think broadly about how financial education will help you; we are not looking for entries that merely praise your financial studies lessons.   
  12. Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG). Entries with SPAG mistakes will not be considered for shortlisting.