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Young Financial Journalist 2019/20                 

Show off your writing skills and financial know-how. Take part in our Young Financial Journalist competition, being run in partnership with the Financial Times.

In partnership with     FT

This competition is now closed, and the winners will be announced in April 2020.

Watch this space!

The London Institute of Banking & Finance and the Financial Times (FT) launched the 2019/20 Young Financial Competition in November 2019. We were seeking well-argued articles from students aged 14-19 for this joint competition.

Winning entries will be published on The London Institute of Banking & Finance website and may also be published on FT.com and/or in an edition of FT Money (at the FT’s discretion). The winner of each age group will also receive a £150 cash prize.

The winning entries will be decided by a panel of judges, including FT Money Editor, Claer Barrett and teacher Bobby Seagull.

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About our judges 

Claer Barrett is an award-winning journalist who has been the Editor of FT Money since 2015. She is also the Editor of @ftthrift and a Daily Guest on Eddie Mair's evening radio show (LBC Radio)

Bobby Seagull is a mathematician, teacher and writer. He appeared on the television program University Challenge in 2017, and in 2018 on Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain. His first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers, was published in 2019. He is a regular commentator on financial education and money matters.

Catherine Winter is Head of Financial Capability at The London Institute of Banking & Finance. Following a career in communications, she was a teacher of economics for six years and is now responsible for our work with schools who are delivering our financial capability qualifications at GCSE and A Level.

How to enter

To enter, write an article based on ONE of the questions in your age group. Submit your entry using the form provided on our website, by the closing date (9 January 2020).

  • Answer one of the questions in your age group and upload your entry using the form provided
  • Make sure you have written a minimum of 700 words, but no more than 800 words (not including headings and any entrant information)
  • Please make sure you fill out all the boxes on the form, including your name, age, school and contact details

Competition question by age group

14-15 year olds

  • What will the bank of the future be like? Describe how you think banking will have changed in 20 years’ time
  • Where do you want to be financially in 20 years’ time and how will you get there?
16-17 year olds

  • What are the main financial issues facing young people today, and what might some of the answers be?
  • Why should young people consider a career in banking and finance? What sorts of careers does the sector offer? 

18-19 year olds

  • Personal data is the new gold. Discuss
  • How can the finance sector help us move to lower carbon economies and mitigate the impacts of climate change? What role should they play?

Competition rules 

  • Entries must be a minimum of 700 words and no more than 800 words, excluding headings and entrant information. You must answer one of the questions in your age group
  • Entries must be made via our website www.libf.ac.uk/YFJ by close of business (17:00) on Thursday 9 January 2020, using the entry form provided
  • Entries must specify the student’s name, age, school and name of teacher and provide necessary contact details
  • Entries should be typewritten and submitted in a word document format (MSWord or similar word processing package)
  • Entries will be disqualified if they:
    a. Don’t comply with the entry requirements, including minimum or maximum word count
    b. Contain excessive spelling, punctuation or grammatical mistakes, judged at our discretion
  • Articles will be checked for plagiarism
  • Late entries will not be accepted

Top tips

  • Submissions with a clear narrative, which answer the question being asked
  • An engaging and ‘journalistic’ style – short sentences which make clear points
  • A minimum of 700 words but not exceeding 800 words, excluding headings and entrant details
  • Original ideas, but with evidence of research /further reading. (Sources of information must be referenced)
  • Good spelling and grammar


Young Financial Journalist of the Year Entry Form

Please complete your details in the boxes below and attach your entry. 

Competition is now closed


Please upload your entry with this completed form
If you are under the age of 18 you must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to enter this competition. Please tick this box to confirm that you have permission from a parent or legal guardian

Any information you provide will only be used to process your entry and won’t be used for any other purpose. By entering this competition you agree to our use of your entry and processing of your personal data.  Further details on how we protect your personal data and your individual rights can be found by clicking here 

By entering this competition you agree to our, and FT's, use of your entry and processing of your personal data. We, and FT, may also publish the surname and region as part of the winning entry. If you do not want us to publish your surname, please contact press@libf.ac.uk