Competition Rules 2017

Competition Rules

  • There are two competitions: The Margaret and Reg Turnill Competition for young writers of 21 years and under, for which the prize winner receives £1,000, and a competition for the over 21s which offers The Grand Prize of £250.
  • This year’s theme is “Light”.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under on 16 July 2017. Over 21s must pay an entry fee of £10 or £5 for those with student id, a copy of which should be attached to the entry form. Details for payment are shown on the website. Each story must be submitted on a separate entry form and accompanied by a fee where appropriate.
  • The length is 1,500 to 5,000 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 Sunday 16 July 2017 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  • The story may not be published elsewhere.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.


As one of the aims of the competition is to promote literacy, the judges will be particularly interested in the following:

  • Accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Use of imagination
  • Originality of thought and interpretation of theme
  • Entertaining content that is thought provoking, intriguing, moving and, above all, enjoyable

H.G. Wells Short Story Competition


Theme: Light
Closing date: 16 July 2017

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

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