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The HG Wells Short Story Competition

The HG Wells Short Story Competition

Founded by the world-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.


The theme for this year’s competition is ‘SPACE’ in its broadest interpretation.


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Prize winner (under 21):  £1000

Prize winner (over 21):  £250


Closing date: 19 July 2016

  • There are two competitions: The Margaret and Reg Turnill Competition for young writers of 21 years and under, for which the prize winner receives £1000, and a competition for the over 21s which offers The Grand Prize of £250.
  • This year’s theme is “Space” which we consider very appropriate as Reg Turnill, the founder of the competition, was a BBC space correspondent and Tim Peake is up there!
  • There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under on 19 July 2016.
  • The length is 1500 to 5000 words which should be double spaced.
  • Double quotation marks should be used for speech and single quotation marks for other appropriate purposes.
  • The pages should be numbered but the entrant’s name should not appear on any page except on the entry form.
  • The closing date is Tuesday 19 July 2016 and entries will be accepted up to midnight on that date.
  • Entries should be submitted electronically to
  • Entries submitted by post should be sent to H G Wells Short Story Competition 20 Brockman Road, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1DL
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form.
  • All submissions should be the writer’s original work.
  • Copyright remains with the author
  • The story may not be published elsewhere.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • Entry implies permission for your story to be published in the annual HG Wells Short Story Competition Anthology, and used for Competition publicity purposes.
  • Click here to download the entry form! HG WELLS SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016
  • All entries must relate to the theme for this year’s Competition: SPACE.
  • All entries must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday 19th July
  • Entrants must read the Competition Rules before submitting their story/stories.
  • Submit by email to: hgwstory@com
  • Under 21 on 19/07/16: no entry fee
  • Please send a separate form for each entry.


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