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, LGB 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A Team of John O’Sheas
Tottenham’s Serge Aurier needs to tackle more than opponents if he is to move on from his troubled past
Chelsea vs Barcelona: Origins (Part One)
Football’s Finest Supervillain – Cristiano Ronaldo Hijacking Messi’s Glory
Evaluating Martin Ødegaard’s 2017/18 Season With Advanced Stats
Sleepy Footy Observations: Asian Cup Edition The Final
The Land of Yellow Dzambhala – Paraphrasing the Lure of the Chinese Super League
Becoming Michaelangelo: How Zinedine Zidane Is Moulding Madrid In His Own Image
The Lords of the Ball – J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legacy and FC Barcelona
A Love Letter to the Scissor Kick
What we see when we watch football: how replays and close-ups reflect society
How Brazil Sold Its Soul – Nike, Luis Ronaldo and a Deal With The Devil
The ranks of female soccer coaches are growing, but not without pushback
Talons of Franco – Catalan Referendum and the Burden of FC Barcelona
Why I can’t stand Cristiano Ronaldo?
Football in my Third World Country
Wolves’ tactical ascension under Nuno
A dash of tango in a small corner of Asia: The story of Bangladesh’s love affair with Argentina
Euro 2017: Opinion – A great disappointment for England?
Bricklayer Who Built the Bastion – Bob Paisley’s Liverpool Legacy Through Anecdotes
The Most Racist Club in the World – Story of Beitar Jerusalem and Muskeljudentum
Scouting Leon Bailey
Premier League champions, dazzling football…and the casual homophobia that never went away
Arigato, Arsène Wenger – The Portrait of a Sensei
Medellin Adventures – The shadow of Pablo Escobar over Colombian football
The first time I met Gary Neville
How a Hong Kong soccer club is giving new life to the city’s African refugees
A LOOK AT GRAHAM POTTER AND HIS EXCITING ÖSTERSUNDS FK
Young South American stars could transform MLS on world stage
Brazil: Football’s Destiny Child In Search Of Redemption
WINDING BACK THE CLOCK
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN, THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET AND AN UNLIKELY ASCENT TO SUPERSTARDOM
POTENTIAL, PATIENCE, PROBLEMS
Metronome in the eye of the Storm – So long, Michael Carrick
An Ode to Vicente Calderon
UNDERSTANDING ZIZOU’S SUCCESS: HOW SQUAD ROTATION CAN BE STUDIED
The Third Wave
THE RISE OF MOHAMED SALAH FROM FOUR-HOUR BUS JOURNEYS TO A CAREER SPENT PROVING HIS CRITICS WRONG