Competitions

Welcome to our Competitions page

Here you’ll find all the details about our upcoming competitions, our past winners, and external competitions we think are worth mentioning.

There’s lots here to keep you busy and we look forward to receiving your entry in the next HWS competition, but remember to check our competition rules!

Read the past winning entries here.

Please note that the deadline for competition entries is now midnight on the 25th of each month, unless specified otherwise within competition details.


Current Competition – Sep-Oct 2020

In 300 words, write a fictional short story utilising factual events from a real life incident/experience.  Deadline – midnight on 28th September.  Winner to be announced via our newsletter and on social media mid-October.

Adjudication criteria:

a) the appropriateness of the balance struck between fact and fiction;

b) the believeability of the fact-based fiction;

c) the creativity and imagination in the fact-based fiction.

Please enter in the usual way: a title for the story and your name in the body of the email with the story attached as a Word document.

Adjudicated by Paul Bryers, writer and filmmaker of dramas and documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four, PBS, Discovery, Arte and TLC.   Additionally, Paul is a novelist whose books have been published by leading UK, US, French and German companies including Bloomsbury, Hachette, Macmillan, Andre Deutsch, Farrar Straus & Giroux and McBooks Press.