Competition Rules 2018

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 “Peace”.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • New for 2018, entry to the competition will be online only, with entrants submitting their story (as a PDF or text document) and any fee as appropriate via our entry form [which will be available from early March 2018];
  • There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under on 23 July 2018. 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 entry form. 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 Monday 23 July 2018 and entries will be accepted up to midnight on that date.
  • 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  • The story may not be published elsewhere.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


Theme: Peace
Closing date: 23 July 2018
Online entry form available from early March 2018

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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