What makes a winning historical story?

Look closely at detail: it can add texture and put the reader right into the moment.

As many of you know, the Weald & Downland museum in Singleton is one of my favourite haunts. It's such a special place, great for a tranquil Wilde Walk with Raine. So when I was approached by the museum to judge a short story competition, I just had to get involved.

The Museum set a challenge to those feeling creative in lockdown, to produce a story in one of two categories.

  • Historical fiction short stories, which relate to an aspect of the collection (houses/artefacts) of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and are set between the years 900AD and 1930AD OR

  • Historical fiction short stories, which are set anywhere between the years 900AD and 1930AD

The final date for entry is 4th September 2020, so there's still time to submit something if this is the first you're hearing about it. The link to submit your entry is below.


I sat down with fellow judge, author and trainer Greg Mosse to discuss what we would be looking for from our winner, and what it takes to write a good short story for a competition in general. Our full discussion is in the clip below, top tips from us to you!

Featured Posts
Posts are coming soon
Stay tuned...
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square