How to Enter

Entries for the 2023 H G Wells Short Story Competition will close on Monday 10th July 2023 at 11pm, BST.

All entries must relate to the theme for this year’s Competition: Motion.

Entrants must read the Competition Rules before submitting their story/stories.

Submission & Payment

You should attach your story as a Word, ODF, PDF or text document to your online entry. Only one entry / story per form: if you wish to enter multiple stories, complete the online form for each story.

Payment of fees (for those entering the competition for those aged 22 and over) will be by PayPal or debit / credit card at the time of submission.

Please note that if entering the Under 22 competition, we may ask you to confirm your supplied date of birth with evidence of your age. If you enter the 22+ competition at the reduced student rate, we may ask for proof of your student status. If you cannot provide evidence of your age / student status, your entry may be disqualified, and any entry fee paid retained, at the sole discretion of the judges.


  • Aged over 21 on 10th July 2023: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student ID)
  • Under 21 on 10th July 2023: no entry fee

You can if you wish enter more than one story: please complete a separate entry for each story entered.

HGWSSC is a non-profit making organisation. The entry fees go towards the running costs of the Competition.


Theme: Motion

Entries for our 2023 Competition are now open.

Deadline for entries is Monday 10th July (11pm BST). Shortlist announcement Thursday 21st September. Winners to be announced Sunday 19th November.

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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