Short story competition

Woking survived one heavyweight Martian attack; now it's facing another round of extra-terrestrial tales..!

Short Story Competition

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