There were 216 entries – easily a record – for the 2017 Martin Wills Writing Awards. The previous record of 169 was achieved in 2009, 2010 and 2016.
Of the 216 entries, 50 were in the under 26 category, 27 were in the under 18 category, 77 were in the under 15 category, and 62 were in the under 12 category.
Brough Scott, Chairman of the judges, said:
“This is a great final fanfare for the Martin Wills Awards – it shows that young people can still get inspired by words on racing, and let’s hope that this will long continue.”
Entrants have been informed whether or not they have been shortlisted.
The expected timetable is as follows:
By Wednesday 29 March, those shortlisted will learn, confidentially, whether they are the winner or runner-up in their category
Notes for editors:
The Martin Wills Writing Awards are for creative writing around a horseracing theme by young people.
The Awards are organised by the Martin Wills Memorial Trust, in 2017 in association with two other charities, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art and Racing to School. The Martin Wills Memorial Trust commemorates Martin Wills, a journalist and amateur jockey who died in April 1992, aged 39.
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