In light of the success of the Biro d’Or competition, we have decided to run a parallel competition – the Crayon d’Or – which celebrates the lesser-known and marginalised voices within the football writing world. In order to enter, the following criteria must be adhered to:
- The nominee must not be salaried by a mainstream media outlet – they may be freelance and paid for their work, however.
- Each nomination must come with a writing sample which will both allow the voters to make informed decisions on their selection but will also give exposure to the work of these writers.
- You may nominate yourself.
- Please stick to football (soccer) writing.
We will collate all of the nominees on this page along with their piece of sample writing. Having done this, we will whittle the nominations down to 32 and the competition will begin.
This competition is all about the celebration of football writing. In this country in particular, the field has been reduced to a kabal of straight, middle-class, white males. Whilst we will still encourage nominations from this demographic, we are keen for your nominations to come from without this narrow grouping. As a result of its lack of variety, sports writing in the UK is in danger of writing itself into oblivion. We need to diversify or we will die the death of banality in the name of protecting the already powerful…
A Team of John O’Sheas
No, Trump Did Not ‘Accelerate Liberal Sportswriting’: We’ve Been Here All Along
ARE WE CALCULATING POSSESSION ALL WRONG?
That smothering embrace – gambling, football, piegate and sporting integrity
The difference between the Liverpool and Spurs press
JIMMY HILL: A MAN OF HIS TIME, A MAN OF THE FUTURE
CARDIFF MET AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
How the Azzurri create a sense of Italianness, both at home and abroad
The story of Frank Soo, the only Asian to ever play for England
Dijon FCO, Zidane & merger victims
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MILTON
WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE WATCH FOOTBALL
FC Lampedusa offers far more than football to refugees in Germany
Farewell To White Hart Lane
Yasuhiko Okudera: Japanese football’s first overseas pioneer
What if success looked a lot like failure? The story of Juanma Lillo
Football’s next frontier: the rise of detailed analytics
THE UNSPOKEN GENIUS OF TOSTÃO
Why Francesco Totti is so special
Podolski delivers his own fitting departure
The story of Capello, Šuker, Mijatović & the Real Madrid team of 96-97
#SheBelieves in the Power of Language
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF SUNDERLAND AFC
IBWM SPEAKS TO MANCHESTER CITY’S GEORGIA STANWAY
Alex Morgan tells VAVEL about being challenged in France
Football is the True Shibboleth
Sonja Cori Missio
Why can’t female football fans just be football fans?
Football in the Holy Land: The Superstar Locked in Gaza
Mutaforma: Massimiliano Allegri’s Masterclass
The Premier League’s lost identities
FINDING ALI DIA
John Terry and a creepy expression of self-absorbed self-love
YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN SKIES ARE GREY
LE CARRÉ MAGIQUE AND THE RISE OF FRENCH NATIONAL TEAM
Ridiculous and Brilliant: The Dutch Education of Luis Suarez
IN PRAISE OF THE EALING ROAD TERRACE
Collymore’s sacking is yet another symptom of the festering wound of News Corp
Salim Masoud Said
Exclusive Interview | William Jebor: “The Casablanca Derby is like the Champions League final”
The Gentle Giant: Remembering Welsh Football Legend John Charles
Ancelotti’s first season was not horrible
The Hair Pieces: the pain of being right about Marek Hamsik
TINE SCHRYVERS’ LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY
A.S. VELASCA: A MILANESE MARRIAGE OF CREATIVITY AND CALCIO
Rolling the Dice: Are Bury’s First Three Signings of the Close Season the Shape of Things to Come?
Jose Mourinho has already lost something bigger than his job
The Kante conundrum: How much are Leicester City really missing combative midfielder?
Liverpool Reaching Champions League is a Big Achievement – Just Ask Barca
Adarabioyo, Solanke & Willock
HOW TWO FRIENDS LAUNCHED THEIR OWN FOOTBALL CLUB
To be a poet or to be pragmatic?
AS MONACO: HOW THE PRINCIPALITY PREVAILED OVER THE PARISIANS
Is there a hole in Mesut Özil?
If we’ve missed anyone off the list, please email us at: email@example.com.
We’re looking to build a shortlist of 32 nominations so keep them flowing in!