Oxfordshire eBook short story competition 2018 | Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire eBook short story competition 2018

The winners will see their entries published as an eBook and available via the library website

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The winners will see their entries published as an eBook and available via the library website for the whole of 2018. There are two competition categories:

• Short story by an adult aged 18+
• Short story by a young adult aged 11-17

What happens next?

The winners will be chosen by a panel of librarians and announced on our library website and social media. The winning short stories will be published on the Oxfordshire Libraries eBook platform.

Both winners also receive a tablet.

The winning short stories will be available for Oxfordshire Library Service members to borrow for a year and we will let you know how many people read it.

Entry terms and conditions

  1. Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry. Submissions will only be accepted if submitted through the email address: librarydigitalservices@oxfordshire.gov.uk. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry.
  2. Entrants must be aged 11 – 17 years (Year 7 upwards) to enter the young adult category and 18 years and above to enter the adult category.
  3. Young adults will need to ensure they have parental/guardian permission to have their work published on our eBook platform.
  4. Entrants must clearly state whether they are entering the adult or young adult category at the top of the short story.
  5. Entrants must provide their name, category (young adult/adult). email address, telephone number and postal address at the top of the short story.
  6. Entrants can submit up to two entries per person.
  7. The closing date for all entries is 25 February 2018. Entries submitted after that time will not be accepted. All entries will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt.
  8. The competition is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Oxfordshire except staff employed by Oxfordshire Library Service.
  9. Stories should be written predominantly in English.
  10. Entries must be original, fictional and entirely the work of the entrant.
  11. Entries must not be libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body. Illegible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.
  12. The format of the story should be written as a Word document in a font that is 12pt or larger.
  13. The length of each submission, including the title, must not exceed 3,000 words.
  14. The copyright of the winning entry of the Oxfordshire Short Story eBook Competition is exclusive to Oxfordshire Libraries for the period of one year from publication. After that period, the copyright is returned to the author.
  15. The decision of the judges is final. Oxfordshire Libraries is unable to offer individual feedback to entrants.
  16. The entry will be published on Oxfordshire Libraries eBook platform via OverDrive, with a suitable cover, for one year and available for Oxfordshire Libraries' customers to borrow. After that period the title will be removed.
  17. No cash alternatives to the prize are available.
  18. Announcements in relation to the prize will be posted on Oxfordshire Libraries’ social media and website. The winners will be contacted during the week commencing 16 April and published on 30 April 2018.Oxfordshire Libraries will only use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. We will not share this data with any third parties.
Last reviewed
27 November 2017
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