The Henshaw Short Story Competition

Prizes:  1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25

Closing Date: 

Our December Competition is now open. The closing date has been extended from the end of December to the 10th January to allow for the Christmas Holidays; Results will be published by the end of January 2017.

Our September Competition Results will be published on this web site by the end of October.

We are trying to reduce our costs and although much of our advertising is free advertising is still one of our biggest expenses. We need to get a better idea of the effectiveness of the various ways we publicise our competition. To do this it would help us if writers, when entering our competitions, would let us know how you first heard of Henshawpress Short Story Competitions. Many thanks for your help.

Competition Rules

1. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.

2. Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.

3. The author’s name must not appear on any page either as a header or in the content.

4. All entries must be the original work of the Author, must not have been published before the date of submission and must be accompanied by a single page containing the author's name, address and telephone number.
5. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

6. Do keep a copy of your entry, manuscripts cannot be returned.

7. The judges’ view is final and no correspondence will be entered into in connection with the award of the prize or the critiques.

8. Prize Winning Stories will be published on this site.

9. Entries may be made by E mail (preferred), as a Word document, or by post.

10. Entering the competition gives Henshawpress the once only permission to publish the story in an anthology. It is intended to produce the next anthology in 2017 when there have been sufficient prize winning stories.

11. Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged by e-mail or by post where no e-mail address is available.

12. Entrants must be aged over sixteen. If you are sixteen or under do have a look at our Young Writers page.

Each entry by post must be accompanied by a cheque for £5 payable to G. Jennings and sent to:

The Henshaw Competition

24 Rowlandson Close

Entries by E-mail should pay the appropriate fee using the button below and send their story separately to:-

For an extra £5 the judges will provide a critique of a story after the results of the competition have been published.

Entry Fees