Oxfordshire libraries announces ebook short story competition 2023

Budding writers of all ages are being encouraged to get their creative thoughts flowing and take part in Oxfordshire libraries’ ebook short story competition.

The annual competition, hosted by Oxfordshire County Council’s libraries service is a chance to discover new writers, original stories and unique voices from around Oxfordshire.

The winners will have their story published as an ebook and eaudiobook on Oxfordshire libraries’ OverDrive platform, where they can be borrowed, read and listened to from anywhere.

Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Community Safety, said: “The annual competition is a wonderful opportunity to inspire people of all ages to put pen to paper make their unique writing voice heard. 

“Past winners have proven to be the most popular downloads of the year, so this is the perfect way for new writers to get their story published and enjoyed by others.”

The competition is split into three age categories free to enter.  The short story competition categories are:

  • children: seven to 11 years
  • young adults: 12 to 17 years
  • adults: 18 and above

Entries can be submitted from Wednesday 3 January until Sunday 26 February 2023. Stories can be up to 3,000 words.

Full terms and conditions as well as instructions on how to submit entries can be found on Oxfordshire libraries’ webpages.

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