Humanities - Competition of the week

20th April 2012 at 01:00

Writing the history of tomorrow

The Chalke Valley History Prize encourages aspiring young authors to write the first chapter of a historical novel.

What is it?

Entries must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, include a synopsis of no more than 500 words and include one real historical character. They must be set in one of these periods: the Classical world; England from the Norman Conquest to Magna Carta; Tudor England; Georgian Britain; Victorian Britain; or Britain during the two World Wars. There are two age categories: 11-14 and 15-18.

How does it work?

Children must submit their entries to by 1 May. Winners will be announced at the Chalke Valley History Festival (1 July). Further details can be found at

What can pupils win?

Winners will receive a Kindle, Penguin books worth #163;100, a signed Michael Morpurgo book and a consultation with Conville amp; Walsh Ltd Literary Agency to help them on their journey to becoming an author. Their school will receive a visit from the Pike and Shot historical events company.

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