How to enter

The 2017 YWSP is open for entries!

If you’re aged between 11 and 19, and have a piece of creative writing of between 800 and 2,000 words long that is set in the past, we’d love to see it.  Our closing date is 31st October 2017, but we’re accepting entries right now – make sure you don’t run out of time!

Entry is by post only, and you can download and print off our Entry Form 2017 here to accompany your paper entry. Please have a look at our Terms and Conditions 2017 – they should have all the information you need.

By creative writing, we mean complete stories or an extract from a longer work; fictional diaries, letters or reportage; poetry or drama – whatever inspires you!  The story can be set at any time in history, as long as it is an identifiable period before you were born, in a world recognisably different from the present.

You can read previous winners’ work here for inspiration, or have a look at our programme of Imagining History creative writing events around the UK, to start your adventure in time travel!

Entries will be judged in two categories – 11 to 15 year-olds and 16 to 19 year-olds, 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 winners of each category will be 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, in June 2018. Two runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all four winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.

Remember – the closing date is 31st October 2017.

We can’t wait to read your stories!