Babel launched the Young Writers’ Competition in 2014, inspired by an article we published in 2013 by young linguist Kateryna Pavliuk’s article on British Sign Language. In 2015, we introduced two different categories – one for 16-18-year-old linguists, and another for undergraduate linguists.

Our 2018 competition is now open to 16-18-year-olds and undergraduates! Young linguists have until 24 August to enter for the chance to be published in Babel No25, to be published in November. The winner also, of course, receives a year’s subscription to Babel!

Entries should be no longer than 2,500 words, and can discuss any topic to do with languages and linguistics. The winners will be announced in October. Download our guidelines, and submit your entries or any queries you may have to the Babel editors.

You can also get inspired by reading our previous winners!

Dong Hyun Kang was our 16-18 winner with his discussion of wars on language, while Abhishek Dedhe won the undergraduate category with his discussion of the language choices that face immigrant parents in the US.

James Akka was our 16-18 winner with his overview of language birth, while Emma Jewell won the undergraduate category with her investigation of Romansch.

Jonathan Lahdo took the 16-18 prize with his analysis on language choice in Lebanon, while Ollie Sayeed won the undergraduate prize with his insights into what we can learn from spoonerisms.

Niamh Mulholland won our inaugural competition with her article on Konglish, a fusion of Korean and English.