See below for details - 2,000 words, any subject, send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date 31 December 2023! Good luck!
WINNER:Saturday Morning by Genevieve Flintham
SECOND PRIZE:Flo by Sarah Loxton
THIRD PRIZE:The Boy and the Mermaid by David Longstaff
1. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2,000 words on any theme.
2. Entries must be double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.
3. 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 the author's name, address and telephone number which must be included on a separate page or within the body of the e mail
4. The author's name must not appear as a title or in the body of any page other than the author information page.
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 prizes.
8. Prize-winning stories will be published on this site.
9. Entries may be made by email as a Word document (pdfs cannot be accepted), or by post. We prefer email.
10. Winning entrants will be offered the opportunity to have their stories included in the next Henshaw Anthology. It is intended to produce our next anthology when there have been sufficient prize-winning stories.
11. Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged by email or by post where no email address is available. Please remember to check your junk box.
12. Entrants must be aged over sixteen. If you are sixteen or under do have a look at our Young Writers page.
13. Entries must not be generated using AI technology. Any AI-generated entries will not be considered for any competition prize.
Each entry by post must be accompanied by a cheque for £6 payable to Hobeck Books and sent to:
The Henshaw Competition
c/o Hobeck Books
4 Norbury Manor Barns
Entries by e-mail should pay the appropriate fee using the button below and send their story separately to:
For an extra £14 the judges will provide a critique (of any story entered into the competition) after the results of the competition have been published. Please, where possible, send your stories to us by email. It is much easier for the judges and the critique writers to read them and gain an overall view of the story.