The Wills Writing Awards
Eligibility & Entry Requirements
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How to enter the competition
The 2017 Awards are now open and you can enter by clicking
Can I know almost nothing about horseracing?
Yes, as long as you don’t make an important factual error, e.g. imply that flat races are now started by tapes and jump races by stalls.
Does my article have to be totally about horseracing?
No, but it must have at least a background in, and more than a passing reference to, its several and varied aspects.
What are the judges particularly looking for?
Fine writing (fact or fiction) on a horseracing theme of a sort suitable for publication in the Racing Post or The Irish Field.
Is any experience of published or competitive writing required?
Is the under 26 award normally won by a professional journalist?
No. This is the exception rather than the rule. Employees of the national and racing press in a journalistic capacity are not eligible.
Are freelancers on the national and racing press eligible?
Are journalists on regional newspapers, including those London-based, eligible?
Yes. This should present an excellent opportunity for them.
How many entries are normally received?
This varies between about 100 and 150 - spread in varying proportions between the categories.
How many reach the shortlist?
Probably 5-8 per category.
Is there an entry form?
Entry is via the website. Click
Will my entry be acknowledged?
When will I hear if I am on the shortlist?
By 23 March.
When will I know if I have won a prize?
By 30 March.
Are punctuation and grammar important?
Yes. See the feedback press releases in the News section of the website.