Oxfordshire eBook short story competition

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

Oxfordshire Libraries is excited to announce the launch of their short story competition for 2019. This is your chance to get creative, and win the chance to get your own short-story published.

The winners will see their entries published as an eBook and available via the library website for the whole of 2019. There are two competition categories:

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

The closing date for entries is midnight on 28 February 2019 with both winners being published in May.

How to enter

Send your story to librarydigitalservices@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Make sure you include in the email: 
•    name
•    category of entry (young adult / adult)
•    word count
•    email address
•    telephone number
•    postal address
•    how you found out about the competition

Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry.

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 OverDrive eBook platform.

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 provide their: 
    •    name
    •    category of entry (young adult / adult)
    •    word count
    •    email address
    •    telephone number
    •    postal address
    •    how they found out about the competition at the top of the short story.
  5. Entrants can submit up to two entries per person.
  6. The closing date for all entries is midnight on Thursday 28th February 2019. Entries submitted after that time will not be accepted. All entries will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  7. The competition is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Oxfordshire except staff employed by Oxfordshire Library Service.
  8. Stories should be written predominantly in English.
  9. Entries must be original, fictional and entirely the work of the entrant.
  10. Entries must not be libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body.  Illegible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.
  11. The format of the story should be written as a Word document in a font that is 12pt or larger.
  12. The length of each submission, including the title, must be greater than 500 words and not exceed 3,000 words.
  13. The copyright of the winning entry of the Oxfordshire eBook Short Story Competition is exclusive to Oxfordshire Libraries for the period of one year from publication. After that period, the copyright is returned to the author.
  14. The decision of the judges is final. Oxfordshire Libraries is unable to offer individual feedback to entrants.
  15. The entry will be published on Oxfordshire Libraries’ OverDrive eBook platform, with a suitable cover, for one year and will be available for Oxfordshire Libraries' customers to borrow. After that period the title will be removed.
  16. No cash alternatives to the prize are available.
  17. 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 Monday 15th April and the winning stories will be published on Tuesday 7th May 2019.
  18. Oxfordshire Libraries will only use information supplied by you for the purposes of administering this competition. It will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations 2018.