Winner: £500

2nd Place: £100

3rd Place: £50

Worldwide publication for winners

and shortlisted entries

2000 - 5000 words

Entries open from 6th February 2020

Entry Fee: £10

Hammond House Members: £5 

Feedback Option: £10

Submission Deadline: 30th September 2020

Preferred Format: Arial 12p  1.5 line spacing

Full Terms and Conditions and Submission Guidelines available here

Awarded by the University Centre Grimsby, our annual Hammond House Short Story Competition attracts writers from around the world in search of recognition, publication and valuable feedback. The winners receive a cash prize, and worldwide publication of their work in an anthology of short stories, together with twenty-four shortlisted entries.


The prizes are presented at a televised award ceremony held in winter by celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment, and include video links to any winners who are unable to be present. 

Our 2019 competition, LEAVING, proved very popular, receiving entries from twenty-seven countries. The anthology of the same name has gone on to sell copies all over the world. 


The theme for the 2020 competition - SURVIVAL - is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, so please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges are looking for intriguing ideas and addictive prose.  You may wish to weave your human story into wider environmental issues facing the world today, showing the human stories behind the global crisis.





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