Deadline: July 1, 2024

Entry fee: £5

About the competition

Can you transport a reader into the past? Can you tell a story which will grip the reader while immersing them in another time? Do you want the voices and the stories of the past to find a new audience in the modern world?

If your answer to any of the above is yes, then you could win £500, publication and the chance to learn from top industry professionals.

This competition is for unpublished short stories of up to 3500 words and held to celebrate the works of Dorothy Dunnett and the enduring appeal of Historical Fiction. Choose your theme, your genre and your period and bring the past alive. The only condition is that your story is set at least 35 years in the past.

The winning story will be published in Whispering Gallery and on The writer will receive  £500 and be offered mentoring sessions from author and agent.

Two further highly commended writers will also be offered mentoring.

All six shortlisted writers will have their stories published as an ebook / print on demand edition by the HWA and Dorothy Dunnett Society via Amazon.

Each shortlisted author will receive two print copies and a £25 author payment.

Shortlisted authors will be invited to the HWA Crown Award Ceremony in November 2023.

Competition guideline

  • Please read through the terms and conditions below. As well as the usual legal and copyright information, they include details how to format your story. At the bottom of the page you’ll find a button to pay the £5 entry fee via PayPal.
  • Once you have paid, please take a note of your transaction ID, also referred to as your receipt number.
  • After payment, please email your story to [email protected] as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc, .docx).
  • Your email subject line should be Short Story Competition 2024 followed by your PayPal transaction number also referred to as your receipt number.
  • The filename of your attachment should be the title of your story.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.

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