To Hull & Back: A Humorous Writing Contest 6

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‘To Hull & Back’ is a short story competition with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United Kingdom Established in 2014


Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities.

Publication Media & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded biennially (every other year).
Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded biennially (every other year).

Fiction Temp Closed

This is an open competition, so any style or genre of story will be considered, including children’s, as long as it is humorous or funny in some way. You don’t have to try and be hilarious with every word (although it’s fine if you do), but there needs to be some element of humour within the story, even if it’s just one brief amusing moment. Black comedy and dark humour is fine, as is fluffy kitten mainstream amusement. I appreciate all types of funny.

Will be open to submissions from 01 August 2020 (283.4 days from now) through 31 July 2021. 1
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 2,500 words.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
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Last Updated: 04 Oct 2019
Last Checked: 15 Oct 2019 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 16 Jul 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 30 Sep 2013

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