Deadline: July 8, 2024

Entry fee: £10

About the competition

The competition is founded by the world-renowned BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells and encourage creative writing, especially among the young. The competition is open to anyone.

This year’s theme is “The Fool”.

Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style. The length is 1,500 to 5,000 words.

Entries must be in English. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under.

Over 21s must pay an entry fee of £10 or £5 for those with student id.

The competition for those 21 and under has a prize of £1,000 for the winning entry. The competition for the over 21s has a prize of £500.

All shortlisted entries will also be published in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.

Competition guideline

  • Please ensure you DO NOT have your name or address ANYWHERE in your uploaded document: we judge all entries “blind” and including your name or address will invalidate your entry. To be safe, do not even use your own name as a character name.
  • The closing date is Monday 8th July 2024 and entries will be accepted up to 11pm (BST) on that date.
  • There are no entry fees for those aged 21 years and under on Monday 8th July 2024. Over 21s must pay an entry fee of £10 or £5 for those with student id. 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.
  • Proof of age and / or student id may be required for any entry entered in the Under 22 or at the reduced student price. This proof may be requested by email after the close of entries and prior to the publication of a short list.
  • All submissions must be made online, with all required fields completed.
  • All submissions should be the writer’s original work. You should not submit the work of others, either in part or in translation.
  • Stories should be the sole work of the one submitted author. Co-authored stories are not accepted.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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