The 2018 YWSP is now open!
If you’re aged between 11 and 19 and have a story set in a time before you were born, you can enter the Prize – the closing date is 31st October 2018.
Entries will be 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 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 2019. The runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.