We know the vital role the voices of young and emerging writers are playing in our future, that is why, as part of our Student Spotlight September, we have partnered with TBS Next Gen and launched the Student Voices writing competition.

Are you an emerging writer? Do you dream of becoming a journalist? In partnership with Education Perfect, the winner of our Student Voices writing competition will receive editorial mentorship and a monthly column published on The Big Smoke

There is much discussion in the media about the future of education, yet there is an important voice missing – that of the students.

Hearing the thoughts and experiences of those directly impacted by the conversation will undoubtedly improve outcomes.

Launching today, the competition is open to all students around the world, with entrants asked to choose their topic from one of three areas: the role of technology in education; the future of education; or the experience of learning during COVID-19.

Students are being asked to write an article between 600 and 800 words in length, and written in a way that captures both the writer’s voice, and incorporates the key experiences of someone from the current generation of students experiencing education in these unprecedented times.

Student voices a ‘vital part of a diverse landscape’

EP’s CEO Alex Burke said he was delighted to support the competition and was encouraged that platforms such as TBS Next Gen are championing a generation of young and emerging young writers and expanding the reach of their diverse voices in the general public.

“With a media marketplace saturated by the same voices from the same backgrounds, it’s wonderful to see that there is a medium for young and emerging writers to share their talents,” he said.

It is Burke’s belief that platforms like TBS Next Gen are a vital part of a diverse landscape, and provide advice and guidance for emerging writers in a unique way that few other media outlets are capable of, or willing to provide.

“EP is taking the next steps towards the future of education, and we’re proud to be in partnership with a like-minded organisation looking to do the same with opinion, news and written expression.”

TBS Next Gen is a section on The Big Smoke where student voices are heard, and is a platform for those who wish to voice their opinions in non-fiction articles on what is shaping the nation.

CEO of The Big Smoke Alex Tselios said she was thrilled to be partnering with innovators like EP.

“The Big Smoke has always prided itself on showcasing critical thinkers and looking outside the norm to source the wide talent pool from which we draw our writers,” she said.

“EP is widely regarded in the industry as a game-changer, and critically, in the education and tech field, so it’s a natural fit that we should partner on this competition to find, and champion the voices of the future.”


The best five submissions will be published on TBS Next Gen with the student authors all receiving an EP gift pack.

The author of the winning article will be offered a monthly feature over a period of six months on TBS Next Gen with mentorship from TBS staff writers.

Submissions are open to students all over the world from Thursday 20 August, and close on Tuesday 15 September, with the winner announced after student voting on Wednesday 30 September.

For more information and Terms and Conditions, visit the competition page.