For the last few years, one theme has emerged from the Dear YR letters: You want to have a fiction/writing contest. Well, the moment has finally arrived!
We know you’ve been practicing your writing and plot lines just for fun, because that’s what horse-crazy kids (like we used to be) do anyway. Now is your chance to see if your best story idea will rise to the top so you can win some awesome prizes.
So capture your ideas and you just may get published! Read on to find out more.
Write an original story that somehow involves a horse or other equines. The story must be 700-1,100 words, FICTIONAL, and it must be created by YOU (no AI or parent-generated submissions, please … we have our ways of being able to tell).
Some examples of horsey fiction:
◆ Includes characters who are horses & horse people
◆ Adventures you hope to have with horses one day
◆ What life is like for your horse & his horse friends
Submitted stories will be judged in two divisions:
◆ 7 to 11 years old at time of entry
◆ 12 to 16 years old at time of entry
How to Enter
Email firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “YR Fiction Contest.”
Please include your full name, age, address, and a parent’s name, email and phone number on both your email and your story document (.doc or .docx Word documents strongly preferred).
Apologies that we cannot accept “snail mail” entries at this time.
Stories must be received at email@example.com by midnight Eastern time on April 1, 2024 (this deadline is no April Fool’s joke!). Receipt of your story will be confirmed by email.
Each division will be judged by two publishing professionals with experience in writing, editing, and book and/or magazine production.
Each division will receive three awards:
A one-year subscription (or subscription extension) to Young Rider magazine; a large, curated selection of horse-related Trafalgar Square books; publication of the story in the print edition of Young Rider magazine; and publication on YR and TSB’s websites.
A one-year subscription (or subscription extension) to Young Rider magazine; a small, curated selection of horse-related TSB books; recognition in the print edition of Young Rider magazine; and publication on YR and TSB’s websites.
A one-year subscription (or subscription extension) to Young Rider magazine; recognition in the print edition of Young Rider magazine; and publication on YR and TSB’s websites.
Announcement of Winners
Winners will be announced in the September/October 2024 print issue of Young Rider magazine.
Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of the Young Rider fiction contest rules, see below.