The European Commission Student Media Award will be awarded to the best article which covers EU affairs and which was printed in a student publication in the year previous to the closing date of entries to the National Student Media Awards 2021* as published on the Student Marketing Network website
Below is the list of areas that your article could incorporate. You must include at least one:
  • EU’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • A European Green Deal to protect the Environment and Climate
  • Protecting European Democracy (eg media freedom, external influence on elections)
  • Europe and the Digital Age
  • Rural Development, Agriculture and the CAP
  • Europe’s Role in the World (eg trade, development aid, migration, diplomacy)
  • The Future of Europe after Brexit
  • EU & Me: opportunities created for young people (e.g. Erasmus, DiscoverEU, traineeships)


  • The EU Smedia Award is a written competition.
  • Entries must be in English and must include both a scan of the publication and a word version of the article.
  • The competition is open to all third level students in Ireland.
  • Only one entry per student is allowed and the work must be the student’s own.
  • The deadline for receipt of entries as per the Student Marketing Network rules

* If an article is submitted where the publication date is over 12 months it may be admitted on the discretion of the European Commission Representation.


The prize is a coveted Smedia award, a cash prize of €1,000 and your piece published in a regional or on-line newspaper.

The Winners:

There will be five students shortlisted and the winning student will be announced at the Smedias.

A jury will select the winning article based on the following criteria:

  • Research into and knowledge demonstrated of chosen topic
  • Originality and creativity
  • Quality of writing and ease of reading
  • Spelling and grammar

Covid-19: Please do not submit a physical a copy of your submission. Public health advice suggests that it is best to limit contacts due to Covid-19. This includes physical submissions for these awards. As a result of the pandemic the awards will be held over Zoom rather than our usual venue, The Aviva.

When attaching articles to the application form they must be in PDF format and named “CATEGORY NAME_YOUR NAME_1/2/3”

The European Commission reserves the right to reproduce the submitted articles and also to broadcast the winner’s work via our social media channels.

Applications are open February 1st and close March 18th 2021.

If you have any questions about the competition please email

For our full list of Entry Guidelines see here.

Click here to apply online

Please Note:  You must submit one written sample.