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Regional journalists, freelance writers and student journalists are being invited to enter a horseracing writing competition with a top prize of £1,250.

The Martin Wills Memorial Trust’s annual racing writing awards are open to young people in the UK and Ireland under the age of 26.

Entrants must submit a previously unpublished article of 1,000 words or less on, or with a background in, any aspect of racing.

Organisers say that the quality of writing is much more important than a detailed knowledge of racing and that particular importance will be attached to originality, use of language and entertainment.

The articles can be based on fact or fiction but articles on racing politics/the future of racing are unlikely to be well received.

The competition is split into two age groups, of under 26s and under 19s.

The winner of the under 26s category will receive £1,250, while £750 will go to the runner-up, and £500 will be given to the author of the best entry from someone aged under 19.

The overall winning article will also be published in the Racing Post and Irish Field, and there will also be the opportunity of a week’s work experience at the Racing Post.

The closing date for entries is February 28 and the winners will be announced at Newmarket on Wednesday, April 16, where those successful will be given an expenses-paid day’s racing, including a reception in a private luncheon room and a tour of two leading stables.

Entries should be sent to: The Trustees, The Martin Wills Memorial Trust, Henley Knapp Barn, Fulwell, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 4EN or by e-mail to Name, date of birth, address and telephone number should be stated.

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  • The Martin Wills Memorial Trust commemorates Martin Wills, an amateur jockey, point-to-point rider, racing enthusiast and journalist who died in April 1992, aged 39.

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