The 9th To Hull And Back competition is open until 30th June 2025

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To Hull And Back is OPEN

The 9th To Hull And Back competition is open until 30th June 2025

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The 2025 To Hull And Back Competition

The 9th To Hull And Back short story competition is open until 30th June 2025

July 2024 saw the launch of the 9th To Hull And Back short story competition, a biennial writing contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.

Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – for example, the BBC award a whopping £15,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet. Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the opening paragraphs, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.

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To Hull And Back Runs Biennially

Due to the ever-increasing amount of time needed to run this fabulous competition, in 2019 I made the decision to run To Hull And Back competitions biennially (every other year). This was to make the workload manageable and ensure that every story entered into the competition is given the attention it deserves.

In 2021, for the same reasons as above, I changed the opening and closing dates:

  • Opening date changed from 1st August to 1st July
  • Closing date changed from 31st July to 30th June

The dates for future competitions will be as follows:

  • The 10th To Hull And Back, 2027 (opens 1st July 2026, closes 30th June 2027)
  • The 11th To Hull And Back, 2029 (opens 1st July 2028, closes 30th June 2029)

How to Enter

Once you have read the rules and the terms and conditions, please pay your entry fee via PayPal by using the button below.

You do not have to have a PayPal account to make the payment and can pay by debit or credit card on the PayPal website. I use PayPal because it is secure, safe and protects your personal information, ensuring a safe transaction. You can learn more about PayPal here.

To Hull And Back Entry Fee

Number of stories:

If you are unable to use PayPal I can accept payment by BACS. If you want to pay by BACS or discuss an alternate payment method, please contact me.

Once you have made your payment, please email your entry to Remember to include all the details requested in the rules.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions. Failure to comply with the rules could mean you are disqualified. I reserve the right to update the terms and conditions at any time.

Entries are accepted by email only. I do not accept printed entries by post.

You can learn about the prizes below. There are 20 of them.

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If you’re selected as a winner:

You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

3 x Highly Commended: £70

14 x Shortlisted: £35

That's a total prize pot of £2,000

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.

You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…

You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull And Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. The covers from previous competitions can be seen below. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.



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