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Are you a budding historical writer? Then enter our inspiring writing competition…

Where in the world do you feel most connected to the past? Be it a battlefield, a castle, a church or a city, we’re asking would-be authors to write about their favourite historical place – and inspire us to visit

Published: July 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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In association with HforHistory, our Inspiring History Writing competition is all about creative, moving writing. In 400 words or less, we want you to tell us why your chosen location is so special. This is no tour guide – we’re looking for inspiring writing that communicates the reasons for your enthusiasm.


The winner will see their entry published in the December 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine, and at HistoryExtra.com. The winner will also receive two golden tickets to BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend in Malmesbury in October, including accommodation for two people for three nights.

The winner will also enjoy afternoon tea with Alison Weir and Tracy Borman at a venue in London, to discuss writing, and they’ll receive a framed print of their winning entry, presented by Alison Weir at BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend in Malmesbury. The winner will also receive £500-worth of history books, published by Hachette UK.

If you think you have what it takes, check out our Inspiring History Writing website. There you can find out more about the competition, as well as writing tips from top authors including Julian Stockwin, Karen Maitland and Alison Weir.


Good luck!


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