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Crayon d’Or 2018

Following the success of last year’s competition, we have decided to run the Crayon d’Or competition again this season. The award, which celebrates the lesser-known and marginalised voices within the football writing world, was won by Priya Ramesh last year who has since gone on to become a regular on the Guardian Football Weekly podcast and now appears in a variety of mainstream outlets.

This competition is all about the celebration of football writing. Unfortunately, within the global media, huge swathes of individuals have been passed over as a result of various discriminations. As a result, we are keen for your nominations to come from without the narrow grouping of particularly white middle-class males. The world of football writing needs to diversify or we will die the death of banality in the name of protecting the already powerful…

In order to enter, the following criteria must be adhered to:

  • Nominees must self-define as either female/non-binary/trans or/and BAME.
  • 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 as many people as you like.
  • You may nominate yourself.
  • The nomination must be working broadly in the the area of football (soccer) writing.

To submit a nomination, please drop an email to with your nominations and a writing sample.

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.


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