Applications are now open for a creative writing competition with a racing theme.

 The Wills Young Writers’ Awards were established in 1993 in memory of the amateur jockey and journalist Martin Wills. The awards are aimed at enthusiastic young writers looking to get their name in print.

The winners will be published in the Racing Post and The Irish Field. There will also be the unique opportunity to have aliterary lunch” with Jilly Cooper, plus cash prizes.

The award will go to the most original, imaginative piece, which can either be fact or fiction.

The competition is to be judged by several successful journalists including H&H racing correspondent Marcus Armytage and Channel 4 Racing’s Nick Luck.

H&H racing columunist Brough Scott said: “The awards hold a unique place in the racing industry and I don’t think you’ll find any other sport that offers such a brilliant opportunity to launch a journalistic career and get on the industry’s radar.”

Articles must be submitted by 28 February.

For more information visit www.willswritingawards.co.uk