Win a PAID Cosmopolitan scholarship!

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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From Cosmopolitan

Have you always dreamed of becoming a writer? Do you fantasise about working on a buzzy magazine art desk? Have you ever wondered how to get a break in the competitive worlds of fashion and beauty journalism? Then it’s time to enter our inaugural Cosmopolitan scholarship, in partnership with flatshare site SpareRoom.

We are looking for four outstanding individuals who we think have the potential to be the next creative stars of the magazine world. You don’t need any experience, any fancy skills or even a dazzling CV – just a willingness to learn.

The winners will be brought to our HQ for a month (July 2019), and paid the London living wage. Yes, that’s right! We are thrilled to now offer the four winners the London living wage. Along with SpareRoom, we’ll provide all accommodation and a travel pass into central London for that month, too. You will be taught how to write, edit, style and design by some of the best names in the business. Interested? We thought so.

To enter, please send your application to Cosmopolitan-UK@hearst.co.uk, specifying which category you’re applying for in the subject line, by 8th February 2019. Only one application per person.

On the features team

Always dreamed of having your name in print? You’ll learn how to come up with cover lines and pitch ideas, as well as attend features meetings and discover how to hone your voice.

To apply, include:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter explaining why you’re the perfect fit for Cosmopolitan’s features department
  • Five suitable feature ideas with a headline, introduction and synopsis (no more than 200 words each)
  • A memoir piece of no more than 500 words on a subject that’s deeply personal to you

On the art team

If visuals are your thing, look no further. You’ll get to attend a picture meeting and learn how to pitch creative ideas and design a page, go on a shoot and work with our creative director on a picture edit.

To apply, include:

  • Your CV
    • A covering letter explaining why you’re the perfect fit for Cosmopolitan’s art department
  • Three examples of any graphic designs you’ve done, if you have some. If not, please just state in the application that you don’t have any
  • An appraisal of the design of Cosmopolitan (no more than 500 words)
  • An example of how you would redesign one of our features*

On the beauty team

You’ll sit in on the monthly planning meeting, attend product launches, meet the web team to pitch ideas, attend a shoot and learn how to craft the perfect beauty feature.

To apply, include:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter explaining why you’re the perfect fit for Cosmopolitan’s beauty department
  • Three suitable beauty feature ideas, with a headline, introduction and synopsis (no more than 200 words each)
  • Two ideas for a short online feature or a gallery
  • A memoir piece of no more than 500 words on the topic of beauty

On the fashion team

Think you’ve got the perfect eye to make it on the fashion desk? You’ll get to go on
a fashion shoot, learn about trend research, attend planning meetings and understand what makes scintillating fashion copy.

To apply, include:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter explaining why you’re the perfect fit for Cosmopolitan’s fashion department
  • A mood board of images that represent your style and who you are
  • A list of your three favourite designers and high-street brands
  • The three trends you’re most excited about for S/S 19
  • An idea for a new regular feature in Cosmopolitan. It could be a piece of fashion
  • journalism, a shopping page, a monthly column or a concept for a shoot.

TERMS & CONDITIONS Open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Only one entry per person. Competition opens on 30th November 2018 and closes at 12.01am on 8th February 2019. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered. After the closing date, 12 entrants will be shortlisted and will be contacted by email using the contact details provided upon entry. Entrants must confirm their participation in an interview within two working days of the date of the email from Hearst or another entrant will be selected. The interviews for the shortlisted entrants will be held at Hearst’s offices in London by the editors of Cosmopolitan in or around March and entrants may be asked to contribute supporting work for their entries. Hearst will contribute to the cost of travel to and from the interview up to a cap of £30. After the interview, one person for each placement will be chosen and each winner will be notified by email. Winners will have five working days to accept the prize or another winner will be selected. The entrants will be judged by members of the Cosmopolitan editorial team, and the decision of the judges is final. The prize is a placement with the features team, beauty team, fashion team or art team on the Cosmopolitan team and accommodation in a London property for the month of July 2019. During the placement Hearst will arrange a travel pass for each winner to cover travel into central London. The property will be decided by Hearst and will be shared with the three other winners of the competition. Hearst will pay for the rent and utility bills at the property and winners will be paid the London living wage for the duration of the placement. Travel to and from London to participate in the placement is not included. Entrants must be available for the month of July 2019 to accept the prize, and the placement will run Monday to Friday from Hearst UK located at 30 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4AJ. In order to accept the prize each winner will be asked to agree to a Scholarship Placement Contract with Hearst, which will include provisions on conduct, confidentiality, and an intellectual property assignment of works created during the placement. Entrants warrant that their entry materials are their own work and do not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party. In the event that Hearst publishes the winner’s entry materials, the winner shall assign to Hearst all intellectual property rights in respect of the published entry materials. This competition is not open to any employees of Hearst Magazines, the promoter or their immediate families, the promoter’s advertising agency and sales promotion consultancy, or anyone else connected with the creation and administration of the competition. Entries in the incorrect format will not be considered. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and to have agreed to be bound by them.

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