Entries for the 18th annual Wills Writing Awards close on 28 February 2010.
The Awards are for creative writing around a horseracing theme by young people. There are prizes for the winner and runner-up in three categories – under 26s/19s/15s.
The Awards offer £3,125 in prizes, an expenses-paid day at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting, and the opportunity to be published.
Today, Brough Scott, Chairman of the judges, has issued a challenge to young writers. He says “I want you to take up this chance to dig into the unique mixture of the glorious and the absurd and the depressing that only a study of racing can give. For this is some chance. Let’s be blunt, read the conditions, guys - £3,125 in all, £1,250 to the overall winner, £250 and £125 even to the under 15s. I don’t know what your pocket money or student grants are like, but if you fancy writing and have been remotely interested in racing, you must be pretty fat and idle if you don’t want to have a cut at this. Crikey – if you were to win the whole Sports Writer of The Year prize, you won’t get more than a grand.”
Charles Ponsonby (Chairman, Martin Wills Memorial Trust) - 020-7367 8851
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