Young writers who love horse racing should throw their cap into the ring and enter the Martin Wills Trust Writing Award, held in memory of the jock and journalist who died in 1992 at the age of 39. From the trust’s website:
- There are three Awards – for under 26s, under 19s and under 15s.
- The Awards are for creative writing (fact or fiction) on, or with a background in, any aspect of horseracing.
- Particular importance will be attached to originality, imagination, entertainment and construction.
- Quality of writing is key; a detailed knowledge of horseracing is unnecessary.
- The maximum wordcounts are 1,200 (under 26/19s) and 800 (under 15s).
- Prizes total £3,125 plus the opportunity (for some) to be published in the racing press and to have work experience at the Racing Post.