Socrates, the wise fool of ancient Greece Sting, CC BY-SA 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons

HG Wells Short Story Competition 2024: The Fool

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

The theme for this year’s competition is THE FOOL in its broadest interpretation.

There are two categories:

  • Authors 21 years of age and under (on 8th July 2024) with a prize of £1,000. (Entry is free).
  • Authors aged 22 years and above on 8th July 2024 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 8th July 2024 (11pm BST) :  final date for entries
  • Saturday 21st September 2024 : shortlists announced
  • Sunday 19th November 2024 : Awards Ceremony

For further information contact

You can ONLY enter online via our website.

* The £1,000 HG Wells Short Story Competition 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.