Telegraph launches competition for young women journalists in memory of feature writer Cassandra Jardine

The Daily Telegraph has launched a competition for young women journalists in memory of feature writer Cassandra Jardine.

The competition is open to women between the ages of 18 and 25 who must submit a feature article of between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

The judging panel, which will be looking for “intelligence, personality and prose style”, will include Telegraph journalists and Jardine’s husband, William Chubb.

The winner, to be announced in October, will receive £1,000 and there will also be runners-up prizes worth £500 and £250.

Entries should be sent by Friday, September 20 to Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize, Features Desk, The Daily Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT.

A statement by the paper said: “Over the years she interviewed countless people for these pages – writers, actors, aristocrats, villains and the previously unknown who had, for whatever reason, become newsworthy.

"She wrote searing investigations into health issues and miscarriages of justice; long, thoughtful magazine articles, some of them about parenthood or pieces of reportage in support of our Christmas charity appeals; and she was always ready to write pithy, funny pieces about herself and her beloved family.

"She wrote at speed, as of course she had to for a daily newspaper, but always with distinctive style and personality.”

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