How to enter

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.

Entry is by post only, and must be accompanied by an entry form. You can download our Terms & Conditions here and our Entry Form here.

You can read all about this year’s winners and their work here, or have a look at our programme of Imagining History summer 2018 workshops around the UK, to start your adventure in time travel!