HG Wells Short Story Competition 2020: Vision


February 24, 2020 by Tim Prater

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 annual HG Wells Short Story Competition offers a £500 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize (* see footnote) and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology (and Kindle version).

Entry to the Junior competition is FREE and entry to the Senior competition is £10 (£5 for those with student ID).

Previous years’ publications can be seen at http://www.trencavel.co.uk/St%20Ursin.html

The theme for this year’s competition is VISION in its broadest interpretation.There are two categories:
  • Authors 21 years of age and under (on 6th July 2019) with a prize of £1,000. (Entry is free).
  • Authors aged 22 years and above on 6th July 2019 with a prize of £500 (entry £10 or £5 with student id). Yes, the Junior Prize is higher than the “22 and over” Prize – see footnote for explanation!
Entry will be via online form only.Dates for your diary:
  • Monday 6th July 2020 :  final date for entries
  • Monday 21st September 2020 : shortlists announced
  • Sunday 22nd November 2020 : Awards Ceremony at The Grand, Folkestone
For further information contact hgwellscompetition@gmail.com.You can only enter online via our website.* The £1,000 Junior Prize is funded by a legacy from our founder Reg Turnill at his specific instruction. The £500 “22 and over” prize was not part of that legacy and is part funded by a sponsor, hence the different amounts. You can learn more in our FAQs.


Theme: Motion

Winners to be announced Sunday 19th 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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