H G Wells Competition Short Story Anthologies

Each year, the stories shortlisted for the H.G. Wells Short Story Competition are collected into and published as an anthology.

Copies of our anthologies are available for purchase as either a hard copy or to download for Kindle – details of each volume back to 2012 are below.

Mask

MASK cover imageEdited by Liz Joyce & Tony Scofield

2021

232 pages. ISBN 978-0-9955730-8-6.

£8.49

Mask contains twenty-one of the best short stories on the theme of ‘Mask’ selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2021 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition.
Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Jessica Brien, Clara Chiu, Sophia Felsinger, Sarah Holm, Mia Ramage, Sumedha Sengupta, Sarah-Kate Simons, Nathan Steward, Weiyen Tan, Houssam Alissa, Fija Callaghan, Peter Collins, Simha Haddad, Katherine Haynes, E. S. Heffernan, Tony Hunter-Craig, Bethany Ridley-Duff, Lee Stoddart, Sarah Townend, Dan Vanvik and Stephen Webb.

Buy Mask from the publisher Trencavel Press (recommended for UK postage).

Buy Mask from Amazon (recommended for all non-UK postage).

Buy Mask as a Kindle download from Amazon.

Vision

Vision - anthology posterEdited by Liz Joyce & Tony Scofield

2020

232 pages. ISBN 978-0-9955730-7-9.

£7.99

Vision contains twenty of the best short stories on the theme of Vision selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2020 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Priyadarshini Barua, Utshaa Basu, Isabel Burns, Hannah Jennison, Tesni Penney, Tabitha Rubens, Dewi Schmidt, Matilda Stepek, Lucy Thynne, Gemma Al-Khayat, Elou Carroll, Ian Critchley, Matthew Dickens, Alwin George V, Newton Grange, Rhiannon Lewis, Susannah Rickards, Paul Sherman, Francine Van Den Berg and Ali Wilding.

Time

Edited by Liz Joyce, Tony Scofield & Lee Stoddart

2019

184 pages. ISBN 978-0-9955730-5-5.

£7.99

Time contains twenty of the best short stories on the theme of Time selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2019 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Kirsty Balfour, Natalie Boal, Hiya Chowdhury, Sinéad Donaghy, James Huang, Meg Lintern, Laura Maria Steel Pascual, Bethany Ridley-Duff, Shelby de Rond, Krystal Song, Lee Amoss, Charlotte Bracey, David Bradley, Frances Brindle, Cheryl Buck, Lesley Bungay, Beverley Haddon, Matthew McDonald, Saritha Rao Rayachoti and Fiona Salter.

Peace

Edited by Charles Bain Smith

2018

192 pages. ISBN 978-0-9955730-4-8.

£7.99

Peace contains nineteen of the best short stories on the theme of Peace selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2018 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Martha Boyd, Hannah Fagan, Martha Grogan, Marcus McCabe, Jake Muttitt, Bethany Ridley-Duff, Hope Thompson, Rere Ukponu, Abaan Zaidi, Rosie Andrews, Jake Blandford, A V Bruce, Zachary Godwin, Bobbie Allen, Mary Onions, Wendy Riley, Nicola Thompson and Diane Wisdom.

Light

Edited by Charles Bain Smith

2017

181 pages. ISBN 978-0-9955730-1-7.

£7.00

Light contains twenty of the best short stories on the theme of Light selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2017 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Hazel Atkinson, Mina Bixley, Malak Elsouri, Grace Howarth, Kaylene Jackmore, Francesca Kennedy, Elizabeth Kuiper, Laura Steel Pascual, Sithara Ranasinghe, Ashira Shirali, Alex Reece Abbott, Dianne Bown-Wilson, D R D Bruton, Mark Howard, Anthony Howcroft, Robin Jones, Sally Lane, Anne Petrie and Louise Rimmer.

Space

SpaceEdited by Charles Bain Smith

2016

184 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572485-9-5.

£7.99
Space contains twenty of the best short stories on the theme of Space selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2016 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Holly Cartwright, Caitlin Evans, Grace Haddon, Eve Lytollis, Charlotte Mullen, Laura Steel Pascual, Alice Sargent, Allison Stevick, Emma Strutt, Jake Trimmer, Victoria Wang, Hilary Dean, Wei-Li Chin, DJ Dingham, Kate L. Jefford, David Norman, Anne Petrie, Michele Sheldon and Diane Wisdom.

Class

Edited by Liz Joyce

2015

286 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572485-8-8.

£8.50

Class contains twenty six of the best short stories on the theme of Class selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2015 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Georgia Bozianu, William Carroll, Esmé Ford, Holly Friend, Lowri Mathias, Marcus McCabe, Julia Mun, Lauren Ross, Molly Watkins, Cassandra Yong, Dorothy Bruce, Eve Chancellor, Catherine Higgins-Moore, Anne O’Brien, Anne Padley, Daniel Penfold, Thomas Pitts, Auriel Roe, Eleanor Ross, Dave Shonfield, Anstey Spraggan, Lee Stoddart, Thomas Wadsworth, Melanie Whipman and S. Zatland.

Fortune

Edited by Liz Joyce

2014

192 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572485-5-7.

£7.50

Fortune contains twenty of the best short stories on the theme of Fortune selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2014 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors 21 years of age and under and authors aged 22 years and above and include works by Esther M. White, Sithara Ranasinghe, Gemma Talbot, Alexandra Jessop, Will Jarrett, John Noden, Rosie Carter, C. Jay Divine, Gabrielle Corry-Mead, K. Lockwood Jefford, Emma Norry, Adam Colton, Catherine Higgins-Moore, Craig Smith, Giselle Evans, Fabian Acker, Amy Licence, Alex Reece Abbott, Ikhtisad Ahmed and Melanie Whipman.

Flight

Edited by Rosie Vidovix Unsworth

2013

196 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572485-3-3.

£7.99

Flight contains twenty-one of the best short stories on the theme of Flight selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2013 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors under the age of 20 and authors aged 20 years and above and include works by Sithara Ranasinghe, Matthew Thurgood, Lottie Pyper, Benjamin R. Davies, Jonathan Wood, Rebecca Hamilton, Jasmine Ayoubi, Joshua Lambert, Edward Butterfield, Emma Hollands, Christopher Campbell, Sheila Liggett, Diane Wisdom, K. Lockwood Jefford, Paul Burns, Cathy Lennon, Jade Moulds, Sue Healy, Steven M. Dodd, Lee Stoddart and Hermione Laake.

Born of the Island and Other Sea Stories

Edited by Rosie Unsworth
2012
246 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572485-1-9.
£7.99

Born of the Island and Other Sea Stories contains twenty-two of the best short stories on the theme of The Sea selected by the judges from a large entry for the 2012 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition. Stories are divided into two groups: authors under the age of twenty-six and authors twenty-six years of age and over, and include works by Angus Nesbit, Anastasia Bow-Bertrand, Sinéad Stoddart, Akiho Schilz, Sophie Lister, William Jarrett, Holly Ice, Daisy-Mae Perkins, Karl Mercer, Michele Sheldon, David Griffin, David Shonfield, Mike Umbers, Pat Ashford, Hummel C. Addams, Mel Fawcet, Don Nixon, Andrew Campbell-Kearsey, Fabian Acker, Rik Thomas and Anthony Hulse.

2022

Theme: Switch

Entries for our 2022 Competition are now closed.

Deadline for entries was Monday 11th July (midnight BST). Shortlist announcement Wednesday 21st September. Winners to be announced Sunday 20th November.

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

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