Oxfordshire libraries announces e-book short story competition 2021

Library users are being offered a chance to discover new writers, stories and voices from around the county as we launch our annual short story competition for 2021.

The winner from each of the three categories will see their short story published as an e-book; on our libraries webpages, which can 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 are invited to enter their short stories.

This follows on from the success of the children’s poetry and art competition, in early 2020, where our 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 can be submitted from Tuesday 1 December 2020. The closing date is Sunday 21 February 2021.

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