Entries open for annual horse racing writing awards

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Aspiring young writers are being encouraged to get creative following the launch of an annual horse racing themed writing awards competition.

Entries are now being taking for the Wills Writing Awards, a competition which is aimed at rewarded and recognising young talented writers.

Now in its 23rd year, the awards, which are open to all UK residents under the age of 26, were launched in memory of journalist and former amateur jockey Martin Wills who died in April 1992 aged 39.

The competition is split into three categories, under-26, under-19 and under-15, with cash prizes awarded to both winners and runner-up in each section, while each winner will have their article published in either the Racing Post or Irish Field.

This year will also see the launch of a best tweet competition which is focused on a non-fictional subject connected to racing.

Winners, and runners-up, will be presented with their prizes at the first day of the Craven meeting at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Wednesday, April 15.

In addition to an all expenses paid day at the races all seven prize winners will be given a tour around town trainer James Fanshawe’s historic Pegasus Stables.

All tweet entries should be made to @willsawards#comp, and all other entries should be submitted by February 28 via www.willswritingawards.co.uk.