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?
‘LIGHT’ – interpreted any way you wish.
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 1500 or more than 5000 words?
We’re afraid not. Entries shorter than 1500 words and longer than 5000 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.
Have you got copyright for the texts used in the handwriting competition?
No, but the authors have kindly allowed us to use their work for this purpose. All copyright remains with the writers where relevant.