Who can enter?
Anyone. HG Wells was a self-taught writer, so we warmly encourage anybody to give it a go.
What is this year’s theme?
‘PEACE’ – interpreted any way you wish.
What does it cost to enter, and what are the prizes?
There are two different competitions in 2018: one for those 21 and under, and one for those over 21.
The competition for those 21 and under is free to enter and has a prize of £1,000 for the winning entry. All shortlisted entries will also be published in an an
The competition for the over 21’s costs £10 (£5 with student ID) to enter and has a prize of £250 (yes, lower than the Junior prize).
Do I have to live in the UK to take part?
No. We welcome, and get, entries from across the world. The competition is open to any writer, anywhere, from any country.
Do I have to write a sci-fi story (like HG Wells)?
No. Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style.
Can I write fewer than 1,500 or more than 5,000 words?
We’re afraid not. Entries shorter than 1,500 words and longer than 5,000 words will be disqualified.
My story was has been published online/in a magazine. Can I submit it?
Congratulations! But please don’t submit that story. Entries must be entirely your own work, and no part must have been previously published or broadcast in any format. We do accept stories previously published on a personal blog.
How do I send my story (address, format, information)?
For details of how to enter, including postal, email and payment information, see How to Enter.
I have an agent. Can my agent submit an entry on my behalf?
Yes, that’s fine, but please ensure that they tell us they are your agent, and provide us with contact details for both of you.
Why do you have different prizes and different entry fees?
We have different funding streams, and follow the wishes of those who gave us the money. We are working hard towards getting more funding so we can offer additional prizes.