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HG Wells Short Story Competition/ Prize (£1000 + Publication)

The HG Wells short story competition was founded  by the word-renowned BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells and encourage creative writing, especially among the young.

The prestigious HG Wells Short Story Competition offers generous Senior and Junior prizes and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.

HG Wells Short Story Competition

Eligibility for HG Wells Short Story Competition

  • The competition is open to anyone.
  • Entrants must be aged 21 years and below.
  • There are no restrictions on nationality.


Submission Guidelines for the Competition

  • The theme of this year’s entry is “Switch”.
  • Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style.
  • The length is 1,500 to 5,000 words.
  • Competition Entries must be in English.
  • The story may not be published elsewhere.
  • There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under.
  • The competition for those 21 and under has a prize of £1,000 for the winning entry.
  • The competition for those over 21 has a prize of £500.
  • All shortlisted entries will also be published in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.
  • Authors 21 years of age and under (on 11th July 2022) with a prize of £1,000. (Entry is free).
  • Authors aged 22 years and above on 11th July 2022 with a prize of £500 (entry £10 or £5 with student id).
  • Entry will be via online form only.

Dates to Remember

  • Monday 11th July 2022 (midnight BST) :  final date for entries
  • Wednesday 21st September 2022 : shortlists announced
  • Sunday 20th November 2022 : Awards Ceremony
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