Search starts for young columnist to write for The Scottish Sun

YOUNG people, aged between 16 and 25, are being invited to compete for a column in The Scottish Sun.

Column Idol – also involving London edition of the paper and the Media Trust charity – is being described as “an initiative to find raw, undiscovered writing talent and get young voices heard”.

Adds the paper: “Fronted by Myleene Klass and Amy Macdonald, the competition offers 16-25 year olds the chance to be mentored by top journalists and have their opinions read by millions.”

The competition is new to The Scottish Sun, but in its fourth year south of the border. Ten finalists (six from England and Wales, four from Scotland) will be chosen to compete for two columns (one in The Sun, the other in The Scottish Sun). The columns will appear in Autumn and the judging panels include The Sun’s editor, Dominic Mohan, and The Scottish Sun’s editor, Andrew Harries, and columnist, Lorraine Kelly.

To enter, young people must submit a short description about themselves, what they’d like to write about and why they deserve to be crowned Column Idol 2013. The entry form can be found at The deadline for entries is the 12th of next month.