The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition



is now CLOSED!


The longlist will be announced towards the end of July 2024



See below for details on how to enter the next competition which opens on 1 August 2024


Open to anyone over 16 years of age

short stories of 2,000 words

any subject

£6 per entry


send to




In 2023 the Henshaw Press Short Story Competition raised £406.39 which was donated for the purchase of books at the Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Worcester.


JUNE 24 Winners

First prize

Annoucement soon


Second prize

Annoucement soon


Third prize

Annoucement soon



Note: entries suspected of using AI technology will be disqualified. We reserve the right to use AI checking software on any entries we suspect as having been created using AI.

Prizes in the competition are:

1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £50


The entry fee is £6 and the fee for a critique is £14



We now offer a proof reading service


If you are concerned about the presentation of your story do read our writing tips and our guides to presentation on the Story Presentation Page, before submitting your entry.


Competition Rules


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

Manor Drive



ST20 0RL

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.


Competition Entry Fees

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