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

COMPETITIONS

2020 INTERNATIONAL

LITERARY PRIZE

Theme: SURVIVAL

Entries open from 5th February 2020

Entry Fee: £10

Hammond House Members: £5 

Feedback Option: £10

Submission Deadline: 30th September 2020

SPONSORED BY
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Sponsored by the University Centre Grimsby, our annual writing competition, now in its fifth year, attracts entries from 27 different countries. This year's competition theme, SURVIVAL, is intended to inspire, not restrict, suggesting anything from an environmental crisis, a zombie apocalypse, a broken relationship, or just a bad day at the office. We're excited to read your interpretations. Alongside cash prizes for winners, shortlisted entries in the short story and poetry category receive worldwide publication, plus a Televised Awards Ceremony for winners and shortlisted entries in all three categories at the University Centre Grimsby. 

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POETRY

ONE POEM

(up to 40 lines)

1st Place: £100

2nd Place: £50

3rd Place: £20

SHORT STORY

1000 – 5000 words

1st Place: £500

2nd Place: £100

3rd Place: £50

SCREENPLAY

SHORT FILM

(up to 10 pages)

First Prize £100

Film trailers of scripts made for top three entries

FEEDBACK OPTION

The feedback option provides valuable comments and suggestions on your writing by industry professionals. 

"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."

HAMMOND HOUSE MEMBERSHIP

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

 

If you intend to make multiple entries, or enter more than one competition, you should consider joining the Hammond House community.

 

Find out more.

MEET THE JUDGES

Find out more about about the judges and what they're looking for in the Hammond House Writing Competitions.

Get inspired by last year's winners. (Coming soon)

Videos and photos from last year's festival.

GET INSPIRED

Listen to the official theme song of the competition.

2019 SHORTLIST

See the shortlisted entries of last year's competition. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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

 

All entries must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but stories must be withdrawn from the 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.)

 

A tolerance of 10% is allowed on the stated parameters. for word count, line count, page count or run time.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

By submitting your entry you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.

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.)

 

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

 

Current and former employees of Hammond House Publishing and their family members are not eligible. 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. This only applies to competition entries and does not include other work submitted by members for publication on the Hammond House site, for which the Author would receive any revenue due under the terms and conditions that apply at that time.

 

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