The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition 2017


HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition

Can you transport a reader into the past? Can you tell a story which will grip the reader while immersing them in another time? Do you want the voices and the stories of the past to find a new audience in the modern world?

If your answer to any of the above is yes, then you could win £500, publication and the chance to learn from top industry professionals as well as receiving your prize at a ceremony full of the stars of Historical Writing in London.

We are celebrating Historical Fiction and the works of Dorothy Dunnett, which will be reissued by Penguin this autumn, with a brand new competition for unpublished short stories of up to 3500 words. Choose your theme, your genre and your period and bring the past alive. The only condition is that your story is set at least 35 years in the past.

We are looking for great story-telling, fresh voices, new perspectives and real ambition in these stories, which is why we’ve set a generous word limit.

We’ve kept the entry fee as low as possible, because we want to hear from as many writers as we can. The past is full of rich inspiration for fiction writers so please, let us hear from you.  Bring us your stories and bring the past alive.

Please read the full terms and conditions here: The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition Terms and Conditions 

Once you have paid your entry fee, you’ll be able to upload your story at Please remember, all entries will be judged anonymously, so don’t include your name anywhere on the story itself. The HWA system will make sure we know who to contact if you win!

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