Ink of Ages Fiction Contest

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Ink of Ages Fiction Prize

If you write historical or mythology-inspired short fiction, you can enter a story to win some great prizes from World History Encyclopedia and Oxford University Press!

For entrants 18 or over, submit a story between 1,500 words and 2,000 words for a chance to win the prizes below. For entrants aged 13 to 17, submit a story between 800 and 1,000 words. Prizes TBC.

Our contest is free to enter and we accept submissions in English from anywhere in the world. Submissions open 1 August 2024 📜🪶

Ink of Ages Fiction Prize is run by World History Encyclopedia and generously sponsored by Oxford University Press.

Contest Timeline

01 Aug – 15 Sept 2024

Open to Submissions

Send us your historical or mythology-inspired short fiction. We can't wait to hear from you!

18 November 2024

Longlist Announced

We'll email you if you make our longlist and publish your name on the WHE website.

13 January 2025

Shortlist Announced

We'll email you if you make our shortlist and celebrate you on the WHE website and socials.

24 February 2025

Winners Announced

We'll email you if you're a prizewinner and celebrate you on the WHE website and socials.

Precise dates may be subject to change.


Get Published

Your short story will be published and promoted to over 7 million monthly readers around the globe.

History Books

Oxford University Press is sponsoring a shipment of history books for every winner.


A selection of clothing, accessories, map posters and more shipped to you from the WHE Store.

Custom Content

Personalized map, family tree or infographic published on World History Encyclopedia.

Lifetime Membership

Lifetime membership to WHE for an ad-free experience and our monthly members magazine.



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