How to enter

The 2018 prize is now closed and the winners have been announced.  The 2019 prize will open in late Summer 2019 – watch this space for more details of how to enter.

Entries are judged in two categories – 11- 15 years and 16-19 years, and we’re looking for stories with historical relevance and accuracy, originality, a good grasp of language, characterisation and plot – but above all enjoyment in your writing.  The fiction can be in any form – prose, poetry, drama, a fictional diary, letters or reportage.

The winners of each category are offered a £500 travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and an invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland.  The runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.

Entry is by post only, and must be accompanied by an entry form. You can download last year’s Terms & Conditions here and our Entry Form here, but they will be updated for this year’s competition.

To start your adventure in time travel, take a look at the programme of YWSP creative workshops around the UK on the Imagining History website.