2022 HG Wells Short Story Competition: Switch

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November 22, 2021 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 SWITCH in its broadest interpretation.

There are two categories:

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

For further information contact hgwellscompetition@gmail.com.

You can only enter online via our website when entries open in late January 2022.

* 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, hence the different amounts. You can learn more in our FAQs.


2022

Theme: Switch

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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