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Winner: £1000

2nd Place: £100

3rd Place: £50

Worldwide publication for winners

and shortlisted entries

1000 - 5000 words

Entries open from 26th February 2021

Entry Fee: £10

Hammond House Members: £5 

Feedback Option: £10

Submission Deadline: 30th September 2021

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 2020 competition, SURVIVAL, 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. 


Our usual screenplay competition attracts writers from around the world has been opened this year to include scripts offering recognition and valuable feedback. Our 2020 competition, SURVIVAL, proved extremely popular, receiving entries from over twenty-five different countries. 

Please feel free to interpret our inspirational theme for 2021 in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different.