2018 HG Wells Short Story Competition Shortlists


September 20, 2018 by Tim Prater

We are delighted to announce our two shortlists for the prestigious H G Wells Short Story Competition 2018.

We have received a high level of entries this year of excellent quality from talented writers in the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, Israel, Zimbabwe, India, Austria, South Africa and more!

The judges have selected the following stories for the 2018 shortlists.

Shortlist for Junior Competition, The Margaret and Reg Turnill Prize of £1000

  • Love Is A Four-Letter Word That Begins With You, Rere Ukponu (Ireland)
  • Disaster, Martha Boyd (UK)
  • Spacetime, Jake Muttitt (UK)
  • In the Light of the Crescent Moon, Abaan Zaidi (UK)
  • “A is for Above, B is for Below”, Hannah Fagan (South Africa)
  • Peacetime, Bethany Ridley-Duff (UK)
  • Lost and Found, Hope Thompson (India)
  • His service now is ended, Marcus McCabe (UK)
  • “Ode to Pel; or, One Athenian Night”, Martha Grogan (UK)

Shortlist for the Senior Competition, The Grand Prize of £250

  • On the Home Front, Rosie Andrews (UK)
  • Peace of my Mind, A V Bruce (UK)
  • Sunday Sunday, Bobbie Allen MacNiven-Young (UK (Alderney))
  • Between the Cities, Zachary Godin (UK)
  • A Heavy Dew, Mary Onions (UK)
  • Laila’s Story, Wendy Riley (Australia)
  • Yue’s Story, Wendy Riley (Australia)
  • Address, Jake Blandford (UK)
  • A Time to Forget, Nicola Thompson (UK)
  • The Family Tree, Diane Wisdom (UK)

Many congratulations to the shortlisted writers and we look forward to meeting many of you at the Awards Ceremony at the Grand, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2XL on Sunday 25th November 2018.


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Entries for our 2022 Competition will open in January.

Deadline for entries will be Monday 11th July (midnight BST). Shortlist announcement Wednesday 21st September. Winners to be announced Sunday 20th November.

For further information, please read the rules and FAQs below. If you cannot find the answer to your query there, you can email hgwellscompetition@gmail.com

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