Past Forward Essay Competition

Winners of the 2018 competition

Write 1000 words, Win £100!

Do you have a passion for local history? Is there a local history topic that you would love to see featured in Past Forward?

Then why not take part in the Wigan Borough Environment and Heritage Network’s Local History Writing Competition.

Local History Writing Competition Prizes

  • 1st Prize - £100
  • 2nd Prize - £75
  • 3rd Prize - £50
  • Five Runners-Up Prizes of £25

The Essay Writing Competition is kindly sponsored by Mr and Mrs J. O'Neill.


• Articles must be a maximum of 1000 words.

• Articles must focus on a local history topic within the geographical boundaries of Wigan Borough.

• By entering the competition you agree to your work being published in Past Forward. The winning article will be published in Past Forward and other submissions may also be published. If selected for publication the Past Forward

The Editorial Team may edit your submission.

How to enter

• Articles must be received by e-mail or post by Tuesday 1st October 2019.

• Electronic submissions are preferred although handwritten ones will be accepted.

• You must state clearly that your article is an entry into the Local History Writing Competition.

• You must include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if applicable). We will not pass your details on to anyone.

• It will not be possible for articles to be returned.

• You are welcome to include photographs or images however they cannot be returned.

Submit your article to, or via post:

Local History Writing Competition,
Past Forward, Museum of Wigan Life,
Library Street, Wigan

For more information email:


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