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2017 MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS TO BE 25th AND LAST
12/08/2016


MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS
2017 AWARDS TO BE 25th AND LAST

 

Frankie Dettori presents the prizes to the 2016 winnersFrankie Dettori presents the prizes to the 2016 winners

 

The 2017 Martin Wills Writing Awards will be the 25th and last to be organised by the Martin Wills Memorial Trust, a registered charity.

The Awards, for fine writing on a horseracing theme by young people, were established in 1993 to commemorate Martin Wills, an amateur jockey and journalist who died in April 1992, aged 39.

THE 25th AWARDS

Brief details are as follows:

  • There will be four competitions, for those aged under 26, 18, 15 and 12 at 1 September 2016
  • Word counts should be 800-1,000 (<26/18), 500-600 (<15) and 200-500 (<12)
  • Winning articles should be suitable for publication in the Racing Post and The Irish Field
  • Greater importance will be attached to quality of writing than knowledge of horseracing
  • Journalist employees of the national and trade press and previous winners in their category will be ineligible
  • Cash prizes to winners and runners-up will be £1,000/£500 (<26), £500/£250 (<18), £250/£125 (<15), £200/£100 (<12). Winners will also receive a trophy.
  • The schools attended by the <18,
  • Typed entries should be submitted via the website www.willswritingawards.co.uk between Saturday 7 January and Tuesday 28 February 2017
  • The presentation, to which all winners and runners-up will be invited, will be made at the Craven Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse on Wednesday 12 April 2017
  • As with the successful 2016 Awards, the 2017 Awards will be organised in association with the National Horseracing Museum and Racing to School (formerly, British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust), which are also registered charities

Further details will be announced and available on the website on Saturday 7 January 2017.

…AND THE LAST

Charles Ponsonby, Chairman of the Martin Wills Memorial Trust, explained:

“Martin’s mother, Eva, and sister, Catherine, feel that the Awards have been a wonderful tribute to Martin. They have very much enjoyed reading the entries and meeting some extremely gifted writers. With the exception of the late Johnny Henderson (founder of the Awards and Chairman of the Trust until his death in December 2003), the principal volunteer organisers of the Awards (Andrew Kavanagh, Martin’s Irish cousin, Brough Scott, Catherine Wills, a judge and preliminary judge from the outset, and myself) are unchanged over almost 25 years. All of us are now at least 65, as is Sean Magee, a preliminary judge since 2006. We feel that 25 years is a good term.”

Brough Scott, principal adviser from the start and Chairman of the judges since 2003, when John Oaksey retired after the initial 10 years, commented:

“Judging these Awards has been both a pleasure and a renewal of faith. For they have shown that racing can still inspire young people to pick up the pen and have been a springboard for successful careers. They deserve to live on.”

Donn McClean, a runner up in the inaugural year to Chris McGrath (who was already on the way to a successful career as a racing journalist and author), stated:

“I didn’t know it at the time, but the Martin Wills Writing Awards were a gateway for me to a career in racing journalism. The publication of my piece opened doors, and the competition brought me into contact with people who would later be hugely influential in my career. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Wills family and to the Martin Wills Memorial Trust trustees.”

Nicky Henderson, Johnny Henderson’s son and a longstanding leading National Hunt racehorse trainer, said:

“I know my father would be very proud that the Martin Wills Writing Awards will reach their 25th year. He would be equally delighted with all the trustees, judges and participants who have taken this wonderful concept so far. Dad was always keen to promote and encourage the younger generation, especially to fulfil their talents. This competition in memory of the son of his dear friends, David and Eva Wills, has achieved exactly that”.

Anyone interested in taking on the Awards should contact Liz Ampairee, as below.

Click here for a list of prize winners 1993-2016

Enquiries:

Liz Ampairee
07733-331 945
liz@lizampairee.com

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21 June 2016
WINNERS OF 24th MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
13 April 2016
MESSAGE TO PRIZE-WINNERS 1993-2015
22 March 2016
JOINT RECORD ENTRY FOR 2016 MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS
11 February 2016
2016 MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS FINAL REMINDER ENTRIES CLOSE ON 31 JANUARY
16 January 2016
ENTRIES FOR 24TH MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS CLOSE ON 31 JANUARY
04 January 2016
JUDGES’ FEEDBACK ON THE 2015 ENTRY
21 October 2015
24TH MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
25 September 2015
WINNERS OF 23RD WILLS WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
15 April 2015
SIR MARK PRESCOTT TO PRESENT 23rd WILLS WRITING AWARDS
06 February 2015
23rd WILLS WRITING AWARDS
09 January 2015
Feedback on 2014 Wills Writing Awards
02 December 2014
Video Interview - 2014 Winners
20 May 2014
WINNERS OF 22nd WILLS WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
16 April 2014
140 ENTRIES FOR 2014 WILLS WRITING AWARDS – JILLY COOPER TO PRESENT PRIZES
03 March 2014
JILLY COOPER SUPPORTS 22ND WILLS WRITING AWARDS
03 February 2014
22nd WILLS WRITING AWARDS
03 January 2014
FEEDBACK ON 2013 WILLS WRITING AWARDS
17 May 2013
WINNERS OF 21st ANNIVERSARY WILLS WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
17 April 2013
ENTRIES CLOSED FOR 2013 WILLS WRITING AWARDS
05 March 2013
CLOSING DATE FOR WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
08 February 2013
21st ANNIVERSARY WILLS WRITING AWARDS
04 January 2013
FEEDBACK ON 2012 WILLS WRITING AWARDS
17 December 2012
WINNERS OF 20th ANNIVERSARY WILLS WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
18 April 2012
ENTRIES FOR 2012 WILLS WRITING AWARDS
06 March 2012
CLOSING DATE FOR WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
10 February 2012
20th ANNIVERSARY WILLS WRITING AWARDS
06 January 2012
2011 MESSAGE TO ENTRANTS
21 November 2011
2011 WINNERS OF HORSERACING WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ANNOUNCED
13 April 2011
ENTRIES FOR 2011 WILLS WRITING AWARDS CLOSED
03 March 2011
2011 CLOSING DATE FOR WRITING AWARDS
11 February 2011
2011 WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 26s UNDER19s UNDER 15s
07 January 2011
2010 FEEDBACK TO ENTRANTS
28 April 2010
WINNERS OF HORSERACING WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ANNOUNCED
14 April 2010
WILLS WRITING AWARDS 2010 SHORTLIST CHOSEN
17 March 2010
RECORD-EQUALLING ENTRY FOR WILLS WRITING AWARDS
05 March 2010
WRITE-UP!
05 February 2010
A CHALLENGE TO YOUNG WRITERS
04 February 2010
2010 WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 26s UNDER19s UNDER 15s
09 January 2010
ADVANCE NOTICE TO SCHOOLS OF WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 19s/15s
12 October 2009
FEEDBACK TO ENTRANTS OF THE 2009 WILLS WRITING AWARDS
31 May 2009
WINNERS OF HORSERACING WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ANNOUNCED
15 April 2009
2009 WILLS WRITING AWARDS - Final Judging
24 March 2009
RECORD ENTRY FOR WILLS WRITING AWARDS
03 March 2009
ELIGIBILITY
13 February 2009
2009 WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 26s/19s/15s
16 January 2009
FEEDBACK TO ENTRANTS OF THE 2008 WILLS WRITING AWARDS
16 April 2008
2008 WINNERS OF HORSE-RACING WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ANNOUNCED
16 April 2008
FEEDBACK FOR WILLS WRITING AWARDS ENTRANTS 2007
07 April 2007
2007 WINNERS OF HORSE-RACING WRITING AWARDS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ANNOUNCED
05 April 2007
A LETTER FROM BROUGH SCOTT TO ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2006 COMPETITION
12 April 2006
2006 WINNERS OF HORSE-RACING WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 26s AND UNDER 19s ANNOUNCED
10 April 2006
WINNERS OF HORSE-RACING WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 26s AND UNDER 19s ANNOUNCED
12 April 2005
WINNERS OF HORSE-RACING WRITING AWARDS FOR UNDER 26s AND UNDER 19s ANNOUNCED
08 April 2005
2004 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
08 October 2004

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