Oxfordshire Libraries Story Competition

Teachers, Librarians
Oxfordshire Libraries eBook short story competition 2021 is launched – with new children’s category!

Oxfordshire Libraries is excited to announce the launch of their annual short story competition for 2021. Inspiring new writing, stories and voices from around Oxfordshire.

Now in its seventh year, the competition has 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 Oxfordshire Libraries were overwhelmed with creative responses from children and young people. Local 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 as follows:

  • • Short story by a child aged 5-11 years
  • • Short story by a young adult aged 12-17 years
  • • Short story by an adult aged 18+
  • The competition is free to enter and entries can be submitted from Tuesday 1st December 2020. The closing date is Sunday 21st February 2021.

The winner from each of the three categories will see their short story published as an eBook; available via the library website to be borrowed and read across Oxfordshire. Previous winners have been some of the most borrowed eBooks in our 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.

Stories should be between 500-3000 words. 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