2017 COMPETITIONS
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Results by 1st December
Awards Ceremony 13th December
 
GOOD LUCK
to everyone who entered
 
2017 COMPETITIONS
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Results by 1st December
Awards Ceremony 13th December
 
GOOD LUCK
to everyone who entered
 
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COMPETITIONS

Our annual international writing competitions offer cash prizes, an annual Awards Ceremony and the opportunity to be published in our anthologies.

2022 INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE

Theme: Changes

Entries open from 1st February 2022

Entry Fee: £10

Members Entry Fee: £5

Feedback Option: £10

Submission Deadline: 30th September 2022 

SPONSORED BY
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Our Annual Literary Prize is back again for 2022, with cash prizes, opportunities for publication, an awards ceremony and an inspiring new theme. 

Sponsored by the University Centre Grimsby, our annual writing competition, now in its seventh year, attracts entries from 27 different countries. The competition's theme, CHANGES, is intended to inspire, not restrict. We're excited to read your interpretations. 


Enter any of our five categories – or all five! – for the opportunity to win cash prizes, have your work published and get involved in our awards ceremony.

Keep up to date with all the latest competition news:

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Please read our Competition Rules and Terms & Conditions before submitting.

POETRY

ONE POEM
up to 40 lines

1st Prize
£500

2nd Prize
£50

3rd Place
£20


+ worldwide publication for all shortlisted entries

SHORT STORY

ONE STORY
1000 – 5000 words

1st Prize
£1000

2nd Prize
£100

3rd Place
£50


+ worldwide publication for all shortlisted entries

 

COMEDY

ONE SKETCH
max. 4 sides of A4

or 

ONE STAND-UP SCRIPT
max. 2 sides of A4

Winning scripts performed at 2023 Literary Festival



NEW FOR 2022

SCRIPTWRITING

ONE SCRIPT
Up to 10 pages

Theatre, radio, short film or television script

1st Prize
£250

SONGWRITING

LYRICS
or
PERFORMED SONG


1st Prize
£100 for each

FEEDBACK OPTION

The feedback option provides valuable comments and suggestions on your writing from industry professionals. Available in all four categories. 


"Before I received your comments I had resigned myself not to enter any more competitions. Perhaps I will change my mind."

"Thank you so much for your very generous and helpful feedback."

"Thank you! I will definitely take this feedback onboard for future writing."

MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership to Hammond House is £10 per annum. As a member you receive a discount of 50% on competition entry fees, alongside other benefits. 

If you intend to make multiple entries you should consider joining the Hammond House community.

Find out more.  

 

GET INSPIRED

Listen to the current and past official theme songs for our annual competitions.

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2021 RESULTS

See the results from last year's competitions.

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2022 AWARDS

See our 2022 Awards Event.

COMPETITION RULES

The competition is open to any and all participants regardless of age or location.


Entries must be made through the correct entry submission page on our website with the appropriate fee.
 

There is no restriction on the number of entries per applicant, but each entry must be submitted separately with the appropriate submission fee.

All entries must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but stories must be withdrawn from this contest immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee will not be refunded. (Note: If your story is posted on a personal blog, please remove it before submitting.)

Your name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript, as the contest is judged anonymously.

Entries cannot be altered after they are submitted.

Entries that fall outside the parameters of the set out in the Competition Rules will be disqualified. The entry fee will not be refunded.

SHORT STORIES AND POEMS

Short stories and poetry entries should be submitted in a Microsoft Word document format  (.doc or .docx), with numbered pages and the story title on the first page. The judges would prefer 1.5 line spacing in Arial 12 font.  Short stories should be 1000 – 5000 words. Poems are not restricted but 40 lines or under is recommended.

SCRIPTWRITING

Scripts should be submitted in a PDF file using the correct industry format. We recommend using industry standard software such as CELTX for scriptwriting. You can download a free version here.

Feature length scripts cannot be attempted.

A tolerance of 10% is allowed on the stated parameters.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Current and former employees of Hammond House Publishing are not eligible to enter the competition. Previous contest entrants, including winners, are free to submit.

 

Entrants agree to their submitted manuscripts being published and/or performed as required by Hammond House Publishing for a period of 12 months from the date of winners being announced. 

 

All revenue from the sale of published work from competition entries will be retained by Hammond House Publishing Ltd to contribute to the cost of administrating the competition and other activities.

 

Copyright of all manuscripts submitted remains with the Author, who is free to publish their work elsewhere on the announcement of competition results unless their work is chosen for publication, in which case they are required not to publish elsewhere until 12 months after first being published by Hammond House Publication Ltd in which their work is included.