Designer: Rebecca Howarth from Manchester School of Art, Photography: Sayuri Standing

The Competition

Modeconnect’s International Fashion Writing Competition offers aspiring fashion journalists and writers a unique opportunity to gain experience and exposure. It aims to promote “good” fashion writing, writing on fashion that is researched, reflective, insightful, critical, stylish and engaging.
The competition has two categories, 18 to 21 and 22 to 27 year old. Each of the two rounds of the competition requires the submission of one 600 to 1000 words article and a maximum of five visuals. Only those candidates shortlisted following Round 1 will be invited to Round 2.
For each category the first prize is a five weeks Writing Residency in London, UK, during which the winner will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with Modeconnect, attend major London fashion events and interview Holly Fulton or another designer, partner of The Woolmark Company, to be confirmed. Studio accommodation in central London will be provided for the duration of the Residency.
The competition is run in partnership with The Woolmark Company, Polly King & Co and Laurence King Publishing. The jury includes eminent professionals with varied experiences of fashion writing: Grace Eagle and Johannes Reponen, the editorial team of Address – journal for fashion criticism; Mark Atkinson, a fashion designer, author of How to Create your Final Collection and cofounder of Modeconnect; Professor Catherine Harper, dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth; João Paulo Nunes a fashion journalist and the founder and editor of TheStyleExaminer.com.
In addition to be noticed by such an excellent panel, the best submissions will be promoted by Modeconnect and if suitable, by The Woolmark Company.
To take part, candidates must to be born between May 1, 1986 and May 1, 1996; write in English and be in a position to travel to London in the summer 2014. 

Submission Deadlines:
Round 1 Submission Deadline:             Friday February 21, 2014
Round 1 Results Announcement:          Friday February 28, 2014
Round 2 Submission Deadline:             Friday April 4, 2014
Round 2 Results Announcement:          Tuesday April 15, 2014 
Depending on their age on May 1, 2014, entrants will compete in one of two categories: 18 to 21, and 22 to 27 inclusive. Each category will receive three prizes.
The first prize is a five weeks Writing Residency, with independent studio accommodation provided in Central London, close to Modeconnect office. Cost and organisation of travel to London are the responsibility of the Resident. In London, the winner will have the opportunity to meet and interview Holly Fulton or another designer partner of The Woolmark Company to be confirmed. Both residencies are timed so that the winner can cover Graduate fashion Week and New Designers (18 to 21 Residency, May 30 to July 5, 2014) or the London Fashion Week (22 to 27 Residency: August 17 to September 21, 2014).
The second prize, one day attending Polly King & Co salon in New-York, Tokyo, London or Paris during the respective SS 2015 Fashion Week, is a unique opportunity to see and experience first-hand the collections a prestigious stable of designers. Cost and organisation of travel are the responsibility of the winner.
The third prize is an e-voucher worth £100 to spend on books at www.laurenceking.com.
To read the full details of the competition, go to ModeConnect's site, here.