Apply now for a Lent 2016 column!

Elsa Maishman 16 December 2015

All TCS wants for Christmas is columnists, and you could be one of them.

Whatever your DoS might say about ‘vacation study’, you're on holiday. Kick back, be merry and push work to the edge of your mind, at least for a while. But amidst the celebrations, find a little time to apply for a Lent 2016 column in The Cambridge Student.

If you want to be published regularly in a university-wide paper, whether it be to air your opinions, share your experiences or show off your witty wordplay, columnist is the perfect role, and Lent, when things have settled down but before the exam onslaught, is the perfect time.

Writing a column is all about you, your personal ideas and style. We’re interested in columns on any topic, funny or serious, ironic or insightful, from politics to fashion, TV or life in general, so if there’s a subject that never fails to rile you up, or make you laugh, we’d like to publish your thoughts on it.

You could focus on how the university is run, speakers at the Union, Cambridge nightlife, town/gown relations, goings on in the societies, the cyclists or, beyond the Bubble, your thoughts on currents events, culture or society in the world at large.

We’re also looking for columns around different student’s experiences of Cambridge. Whether you’re an eager fresher, world weary third year, a Blue, musician, thespian or chess master, identify as BME, LGBT+ or a devout believer, or anything else, we want to hear your perspective.

No previous experience is required, just a will to write short pieces on a regular basis. We know it can be hard to find time to write alongside your other commitments, so as well as weekly columnists, we’re looking for fortnightly ones too.

Whatever your ideas, we want to hear them.

Send a brief description of your column ideas, as well as a (roughly 400 word) sample draft of the first one, to tgr28@cam.ac.uk by midnight on Sunday 3 January. No experience necessary, but attach a sample or two of your previous writing if you have any.