Search is on for county's best new writers

There’s still time for budding authors across the county to enter the Oxfordshire Libraries short story competition 2018.

The lucky winner of both the adult and young adult categories will see their work published as an eBook and made available for Oxfordshire readers to borrow throughout the year.

Entries can be submitted up to 25 February with the winners announced in April. Full terms and conditions as well as instructions on how to submit entries can be found on the Oxfordshire Libraries website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/shortstorycompetition

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services Lorraine Lindsay-Gale said: “Previous winning stories have been some of the most borrowed eBooks in our collection so this is a great chance to get your unique writing voice heard, and could be an inspiring first step for new writers of all ages.”

Last year’s winners

The 2017 adult category was won by Grove resident Jez Fernandez with ‘Time of Death’, a brilliant tale with a twist, centring on the surprising things found floating down a river.

The winner of the young adult category was Abingdon and Witney College student Eleanor Launchbury. Her story ‘Connected’ explored the idea of people coming together in unexpected places.