How to enter

The 2018 YWSP has now closed for entries.

The 2018 prize closed for entries on the 31st October 2018.  Watch this space for news of the winners, who will be announced at the end of February 2019, and for details of the next competition, which will open in late Spring 2019.

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 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.

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.

You can read all about the 2017 winners and their work here, or have a look at our programme of Imagining History workshops around the UK, to start your adventure in time travel!