HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition

Deadline: 8 July 2019
Open to: young writers of 21 years and under
Award: a GBP 250 Senior, GBP 1,000 Junior prize and a free publication


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.

There are two competitions: The Margaret and Reg Turnill Competition for young writers of 21 years and under.


  • Young writers of 21 years and under (Over 21s must pay an entry fee of GBP 10 or GBP 5 for those with student id);
  • This year’s theme is “Time”;
  • Entries must be in English;
  • The length is 1,500 to 5,000 words;
  • All submissions must be made online, with all required fields completed;
  • All submissions should be the writer’s original work;
  • Copyright remains with the author;
  • The story may not be published elsewhere;
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into;
  • Entry implies permission for your story to be published in the annual HG Wells Short Story Competition Anthology and used for Competition publicity purposes.


The prize winner receives GBP 1,000, and a competition for the over 21s which offers The Grand Prize of GBP 250 and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.

How to apply?  

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.