The Harbinger Prize 2024

This year’s Harbingers’ Magazine Competition, unfolding in two stages, invites seven exceptional teenagers from across the globe to join our project for the 2024/25 academic year.

As a participant, whether you’re a writer, photographer, or multimedia creator, your mission is to craft stories that resonate with our youthful, international readership. Harbingers’ Magazine, a platform by and for teenagers, seeks to amplify voices that matter to our audience.

Please visit the magazine website to sign up for the Harbingers Weekly Brief newsletter. It is where all information relevant to the competition will be announced.

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The Harbinger Prize 2024: Terms & Conditions

(1) The Harbinger Prize 2024 Competition is open to all students in full-time, pre-university education, regardless of their country of residence, who have completed year 10 of education in the UK (or equivalent, in the UK or abroad). 

Typically, that would mean participants are between 15 and 17 years old when submitting their entry. If you have any doubts about whether you are eligible to participate, please email and describe your situation. Please allow five working days for your question to be answered.

(2) The competition is free to enter.

(3) Only one entry per person per year is permitted.

(4) Each work can have only one author.

(5) All submissions have to be in English. 

(6) The competition consists of seven categories: International Affairs, Politics, Science, Economics, Culture, Picture of the Year, and Video Essay. Detailed instructions and requirements are available in the Harbingers Weekly Brief newsletter. 

(7) The application deadline is Thursday, August 1, 2024, at 12 noon BST. All submissions made before the deadline are final and cannot be amended.

(8) The submission form will be available from June 1, 2024, at

(9) Up to five shortlisted articles for each category will be announced no later than on September 1, 2024, in the Harbingers Weekly Brief newsletter.

(10) Shortlisted authors will be invited for a 15-minute interview (via Google Meets) conducted by a member of the Editorial Board supported by their OXSFJ mentor. Interviews will be held between September 10th and 20th.

(11) Special guests will be invited to judge in the final decision-making stage. Special guests will be announced throughout the competition.

(12) The Harbingers Weekly Brief newsletter will announce one winner for each category and the winner of The Harbinger Prize 2024 no later than September 30, 2024.

(13) Each of the category winners will be invited to complete the 20-session Essential Journalism course, with two sessions a week. After completion of the course, they will have one writing session every week, and, optionally, an additional editing session if they join the Editorial Board.

(14) Each category winner can invite two persons (aged 15-17, in pre-university education), to participate in their Essential Journalism course and following writing sessions.

(15) The winner of the Harbinger Prize 2024 will be invited to participate in an individual reporting trip with one of OXSFJ’s mentors. The OXSFJ will cover all reasonable expenses, including tuition, travel, full-board accommodation.

(13) The OXSFJ will not provide the infrastructure (hardware, connectivity) necessary for participation in prize courses and the reporting trip.

(13) All winning articles will be published in Harbingers’ Magazine. Winners agree to accept their prizes as remuneration. Shortlisted works may be published in Harbingers’ Magazine. Authors of shortlisted works published will receive £50.00 as royalties.

All publications are subject to completing the editorial requirements.

(14) Once submitted, applications are blinded. Members of the jury evaluating submissions will not know the identities of the authors. Participants’ details are sealed and stored by The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism.

(15) Members of Harbingers’ Magazine Editorial Board and students enrolled with The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism are barred from entering the the competition.

(16) All written works will be tested for plagiarism. Please note that any attempt to submit work authored by someone else may result in interested institutions being notified.

(17) Winners – their names and titles of their works – will be published in Harbingers’ Weekly Brief Newsletter and, subsequently, in Harbingers’ Magazine.

(19) The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism is responsible for storing and processing the entrants’ personal information in line with current legal requirements. This information will be stored only as long as necessary, and entrants can amend and request the deletion of their details.

(20) All matters unclear or not addressed in this regulation will be resolved by the Stas Skarzynski, the Director of the Oxford School for the Future of Journalism in a way ensuring that the competition is fair. The Director of the OXSFJ also holds the right to change or amend the Terms and Conditions if necessary for the proper conduct of the competition.

(21) The Harbinger Prize 2024 competition is organised by the Oxford School for the Future of Journalism, registered in England, and its partners.

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Join us this summer...

  • Harbingers’ Magazine Washington D.C. Newsroom 2024
    July 2 - July 13, 2024
    Washington D.C., United States

    Ahead of this year’s US Presidential Election, Harbingers’ Magazine opens a pop-up newsroom for eight students in Washington D.C. While witnessing the US Independence Day and the NATO Summit, we will prepare a team of teenage journalists who will cover the election and its aftermath in the upcoming academic year.

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  • Harbingers’ Magazine Oxford Newsroom 2024
    July 27 - August 7, 2024
    Oxford, United Kingdom

    For the third time, Harbingers’ Magazine opens its annual pop-up newsroom in Oxford. Ten students will attend daily editorials, write articles with the support of experienced journalists, explore the medieval city housing one of the world‘s most famous universities, and make friends with people from all over the world.

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... or immediately, online

  • Essential Journalism: News, Opinion & Feature writing
    Organised upon request
    Distant Learning

    This comprehensive online course allows young adults with no prior experience in journalism to prepare their first articles for Harbingers’ Magazine. The course can be taught individually or in a group of up to three students and should result in every student having published three or four articles.

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