Historical Association: Write Your Own Historical Fiction Competition
Our historical fiction competition has gone from strength to strength and each year we are so impressed by the number and standard of entries we receive around such a wide range of historical periods and settings. You can take a look at some of our past entries in the additional links.
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.
*While we encourage and accept stories from a wide variety of periods and settings, we recognise that some periods and topics carry sensitivities that do not lend themselves easily to fictionalised accounts.
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 individual story. Individual stories indicate a story written by an individual student who is part of a whole class or year group who are all writing historical stories.
3. NEW CATEGORY: Across Years 10,11, 12 and 13 there will be three prizes for best individual story.
4. There is also a prize for the best fictional historical character in a convincing historical setting. Three prizes will be on offer here across all year groups.
There is no word limit - the entries we receive each year vary from a single page to a more detailed tale told through several 'mini-chapters' and running to several A4 pages. Some young writers like to include an illustration or a 'cover' page, and that's OK too. As a rough guide, we'd suggest a maximum of around 3000 words, but entries with a higher or lower word count will be accepted.