The Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Prize of up to £1,000

The Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – Prize of up to £1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2016

For two decades, Cassandra Jardine tirelessly entertained, enlightened and challenged Telegraph readers with her perceptive features, interviews and columns. Described by those who had the pleasure of working alongside her as the “heart of the Telegraph features team”, Cass was admired for her campaigning journalism – as much as the witty way she wrote about her large family. Cass died after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

In 2013, together with Cass’s husband, the actor William Chubb, the Telegraph launched the Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize. Open to women aged between 18 and 25, it sought creativity and potential in an original feature article. Winners have so far included a nurse who wrote about frantically trying to save a stranger’s life, and a student who shared memories of a childhood visit to Syria. Cass wanted more young women to have the chance to be heard. This is one of those rare openings in a highly competitive industry.


The winner will receive £1,000 and there will be runners-up prizes of £500 and £250.


  • Open to women between the ages of 18 to 25.
  • Entrants should submit a feature article of between 1,500 and 2,000 words on any subject of their choice – the article might be an interview, a piece of commentary, serious or light, or an investigation.
  • Whatever the format, the judges will be looking for evidence of the writer’s intelligence, personality and prose style – the qualities that marked out Cassandra Jardine from the start of her career.

Entries should be sent to [email protected]

For more information, visit Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize.