Jilly Cooper and Brough Scott with the 2014 Wills Writing Awards winners
Legendary racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott is to present the 23rd Wills Writing Awards at Newmarket on 15 April 2015. Known for the liveliest of intellect, the sharpest of wit and often the most controversial of opinions Sir Mark is no stranger to the joys of words and pen. He says:
“I’m delighted to present the Wills Writing Awards. Anything that encourages young people of the class of previous prize winners such as Chris McGrath and Donn McClean must be a good thing.”
Entries for the Awards close on 28February 2015 – with a new tweet competition launched to add to the three writing categories, under 26,19 and 15.
About the 2015 Wills Writing Awards
The Wills Writing Awards, which launched in 1993 in memory of journalist and amateur jockey Martin Wills, are now in their 23rd year. An innovation for 2015 is a competition for the best tweet, which reflects the changing times and the level of breaking news that is now delivered by this medium.
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 three categories: under 26, under 19 and under 15.
Those aged under 26/19/15 on 1 January 2015 are invited to submit a single typewritten article by 28 February 2015 via the ‘Entry Requirements’ section of the Awards’ website www.willswritingawards.co.uk. Employees of the national and racing press, in a journalistic capacity, and previous winners in their category are 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 2007-14 (in the News section).
The permissible word counts are 800-1,000 (under 26s/19s) and 500-600 (under 15s) - a reduction from previous years.
The article must not be published prior to the announcement of the winners of the Awards.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 three entries per class.
The six prizes, for the winner and runner-up in each category of the main competition, are £1,000/£500 (under 26s), £500/£250 (under 19s) and £250/£125 (under 15s). 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.
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