Oxfordshire libraries eBook short story competition reaches its 10th year!

Celebrating new writing from around Oxfordshire: all ages, all voices.

Budding writers and storytellers will soon be able to take part in Oxfordshire County Council's library service's 10th eBook short story competition from Monday 11 December to Sunday 11 February 2024.

The annual competition is free and is a chance to inspire new writers, discover original stories and hear unique voices from around Oxfordshire.

Councillor Neil Fawcett, Cabinet Member for Community and Corporate Services, said: “This is a great opportunity for budding authors to get creative and share their stories by entering this competition. Past winners have been some of the most popular downloads of the year, so this is the perfect chance for new writers to get their story published and enjoyed by others.”

There are three age categories:

  • Children: 7 - 11 years old
  • Young adult: 12 - 17 years old
  • Adult: 18 years old and above.

Stories written by children can be up to 1,000 words and those by both young adults and adults can be up to 3,000 words.

Winners of each category will see their short story published as an eBook and eAudiobook for library members to borrow in 2024 on Overdrive – the library service’s online platform for downloading eBook’s, eAudiobooks, magazines and more.

As part of the celebrations, there will also be special creative writing opportunities on offer in libraries!

Full competition terms and conditions as well as information about how to submit entries can be found on Oxfordshire County Council’s website at oxfordshire.gov.uk/shortstorycompetition

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