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The Barclays Aspiring Football Writer Competition has been launched.

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... this competition will hopefully encourage potential writers to get involved and will hopefully provide a real platform for the winner to develop a journalistic career.
Mark Bright., Footballer-turned-journalist

The Barclays Aspiring Football Writer Competition has been launched.

As part of the initiative, Barclays has teamed up with the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) to find the next generation of football writers in the UK.

Entrants need to submit a 500-word match report or an article on any aspect of the Barclays Premier League.

The competition closes on 6 February 2012 and the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges led by footballer-turned-journalist Mark Bright.

Mark said: “I’m delighted to be judging the Barclays Aspiring Football Writer Competition.

“I’ve really enjoyed being involved in the media since my playing days finished and although it’s a tough profession to break into this competition will hopefully encourage potential writers to get involved and will hopefully provide a real platform for the winner to develop a journalistic career.”

Other judges include Steve Bates, Chairman of the FWA; Mike Anstead, Sports Editor, Mail Online; and Dan Wass, Head of Current Accounts, Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking.

The winner will be rewarded with a trip to a top Barclays Premier League match, where they will meet with a leading member of the FWA and visit the press box to gain insight into the role of a football reporter.

They will also have the opportunity to undertake a week’s work experience with the sports department of the UK’s Mail Online, as well as see their article appear in print in a Barclays Premier League match-day programme.

To enter, please visit www.barclaysfootballwriter.com.

The best entries will be published on the competition website and on Mail Online over the coming weeks.

The competition website will also offer valuable resources for fans, with video tips and advice on getting into the industry from some of the most celebrated football writers in the country, including the Daily Mail’s Matt Lawton, The Sun’s Shaun Custis, and The Times’ Matt Dickinson.

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