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.
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.