Write Your Own Historical Fiction Competition 2016

HA Competition

Melanie Jones, published 21st December 2015

The Historical Association Historical Fiction Prize and the Joan Blyth Memorial Prize

Write Your Own Historical Fiction Competition 2016 - Get your Year 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 students to bring the past to life!

One of the key attributes of historical fiction is that it has a convincing setting in a past time and place. Students can set their stories in ANY period or place in the past, so the story can fit in with and extend any historical topic you may be studying.

Winning students will each receive a cash prize of £25 and an engraved Bath Aqua Blue glass paperweight. Schools will receive a year's FREE subscription to the HA.

1. Across Years 5 and 6 there will be two prizes for the best individual story.

2. Across Years 7, 8 and 9 there will be three prizes for the best story written by an individual student who is part of a whole class or year group who are all writing historical stories.

3. There is also a category for the best fictional historical character in a convincing historical setting. Three prizes will be on offer here across all year groups.

Also don't forget the ‘Young Quills' competition to find the best historical fiction for young people published in 2015.

You can read some of the past winning entries here...


Entry Rules

1. Entries are free.

2. Entry is open to all students in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 in the academic year 2015/16.

3. Entry is limited to 3 entries per school.

4. Entries may be word-processed or handwritten, but must be legible.

5. Two copies of every individual entry submitted must be supplied.

5. The story may be illustrated.

6. We regret that we will be unable to return entries, so please make additional copies before you send.

7. Each entry must have a completed entry form attached which can be obtained from the Historical Association website.

8. Entries must be received by Friday 27 May 2016 and should be sent to ‘Write Your Own Historical Story Competition', The Historical Association, 59a Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH or emailed to enquiries@history.org.uk

9. The results of the competition will be posted on the Historical Association website: www.history.org.uk

10. Prize winners will be notified in writing by July 1 2016 and will receive their prizes by post.

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