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ENTRIES FOR 25TH AND LAST MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS CLOSE ON 28 FEBRUARY
03/02/2017


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 Martin Wills

There is still almost another month in which to submit entries for the 2017 Martin Wills Writing Awards, which have a closing date of Tuesday 28 February.

 The Awards are for fine writing, either fact or fiction, on a horseracing theme by young people. The four categories are-under 26/18/15/12 (at 1 September 2016).

On offer to winners and runners up are attractive prize money and an expenses-paid day’s racing at the Newmarket Craven meeting on Wednesday 19 April. Winning articles will also be published.

 The Trustees of the Martin Wills Memorial Trust (a registered charity) have decided that, after 25 competitions, not only will the 2017 Awards be the last to be organised by the Trust but also the last to bear Martin Wills’ name. Martin Wills was an amateur jockey and journalist who died in April 1992, aged 39.

 Brough Scott, Chairman of the judges for the 15th year, says: “This really is the last chance to win a prestigious Martin Wills Writing Award. Potential entrants have most of February - an eternity for many journalists - to create a winning idea and commit it to paper.”

 For further details please visit www.willswritingawards.co.uk

 Notes to Editors:

 The Awards are for fine writing (fact or fiction) on a horseracing theme of a sort suitable for publication in the Racing Post or The Irish Field by young people resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The Awards have four categories: under 26, under 18 , under 15 and under 12. The winners and the school of the winners in the three younger categories will each receive a trophy.

 Those aged under 26/18/15/12 on 1September 2016 are invited to submit a single typewritten article by 28 February 2017 via the ‘Entry Requirements’ section of the Awards’ website www.willswritingawards.co.uk.

 Employees of the national and racing press, in a journalistic capacity, are ineligible for the under 26 categories. Previous winners in their category are also ineligible. Entries are judged anonymously.

 A detailed knowledge of horseracing is unnecessary. No previous experience of published or competitive writing is required. Entrants are strongly advised to consult the FAQs (in the Awards section of the website), as well as the ‘Lines of Brilliance’ section and the Feedback press releases 2007-16 (in the News section).

The permissible word counts are 800-1,000 (under 26s/18s), 500-600 (under 15s) and 200-500 (under 12s).

 The article must not be published prior to the announcement of the winners of the Awards. No correspondence will be entered into and the judges’ decision is final. Schools should not submit more than six entries per class.

 The eight prizes, for the winner and runner-up in each category, are £1,000/£500 (under 26s), £500/£250 (under 18s), £250/£125 (under 15s) and £200/£100 (under 12s). In addition, the winners will be published in the Racing Post and The Irish Field. The under 26 winner will have the opportunity of work experience at the Racing Post and the option to retain for a year an attractive bronze of two galloping horses. There is no obligation on the judges to award prizes if the standard is insufficient.Information on the Awards is available atwww.willswritingawards.co.uk and also via Facebook - Wills-Writing-Awards and Twitter @WillsAwards.

 For further information, please contact Liz Ampairee on 07733-331 945, liz@lizampairee.com or Charles Ponsonby on 01993- 811 717, cponsonby88@gmail.com or, in Ireland, Andrew Kavanagh on 05997- 73105, borrishouse@eircom.net.

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