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Oxfordshire Libraries announces annual short story competition for 2021

Oxfordshire Libraries announces annual short story competition 2021

Calling all library users.

Discover new writers, stories and voices from around the county as Oxfordshire Libraries launch their annual short story competition for 2021.

The winner from each of the three categories will see their short story published as an e-book; available via the library website to be borrowed and read across Oxfordshire. Previous winners have been some of the most borrowed e-books in the library collection - so this is the perfect time for new writers to take this opportunity to get published. The competition aims to inspire writers, whatever their age, to express themselves and tell their own original story.

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services said: “The e-book competition is a great chance to get your unique writing voice heard and could be an inspiring first step for new writers of all ages. We welcome and encourage everyone to enter the competition and share your creative talents.”

What’s new this year?

Now in its seventh year, the competition has newly added a third category, so that children can enter their short stories.

This follows on from the success of the children’s poetry and art competition, in early 2020, where the libraries were overwhelmed with creative responses from children and young people. Oxfordshire poet, James Carter, who wrote in the foreword for this collection, noted that the writing “dazzles, intrigues and enchants.”

The short story competition categories are:

  • children’s category for 5 – 11 years
  • young adult category 12 – 17 years
  • adult category 18 years +

The competition is free to enter, and entries are welcomed from Tuesday 01 December 2020 until the closing date of Sunday 21 February 2021.

Full terms and conditions, and instructions on how to submit your entries, can be found on the Oxfordshire Libraries website.