Short story competition
Woking survived one heavyweight Martian attack; now it's facing another round of extra-terrestrial tales..!
The Wells in Woking short story competition invited wordsmiths to pen their own masterpiece and challenge Wells for Woking’s science fiction crown.
The competition's five categories - listed below - attracted over 80 entries, and was judged by Stewart Ross, author of more than 300 published titles, including prize-wining books for younger readers, novels, plays, librettos, a musical, and many widely-acclaimed works on history and sport.
All the winners were invited to a special ceremony in September 2016, when the new H. G. Wells Sculpture will be unveiled.
You can read an excerpt from each of the winning writers by clicking on their story title to the right, or choosing from the list of categories on this page. You can also hear from the winner in the adult category, LIz Firth, during a short video clip.
Primary School Category Winners, Years R-3
1st Prize James and the Octebob by Noah Fidge
2nd Prize Harry Saves the Night by Harry Ramnel
3rd Prize Ronald’s Space Adventure by Aditya Kalarikkal
Primary School Category Winners, Years 4-6
1st Prize Have you checked your garden lately by Leo Smith
2nd Prize A Starry Key by Freddi Austin
3rd Prize All because of a Crisp Packet by Paola Hagen-Zanke
Secondary School Category Winners, Years 7-11
1st Prize Peace is a 4-letter Word by Amy Somers
2nd Prize My Story by Rhiannon Kitchener
3rd Prize A Better Place by Tamzin Robinson
Further Education Category Winners, Aged 18 and under
1st Prize Interesting Signal by Caitlyn Ward
2nd Prize Jeremy by Holly Taylor
3rd Prize Aliens, Salad and Jeremy Kyle by Ella Brown
Adult Category Winners, Aged 19 and above
1st Prize MMXXVI by Liz Firth
2nd Prize The Last Horsell Martian by Claire Marie Suzanne Dane
3rd Prize The Invasion Committee by Mark Uden