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Oxfordshire Libraries eBook Short Story Competition 2024

Winners become published eBook and eAudiobook authors

Take part in this year’s eBook short story competition!  The winners of each age category will see their story published as an eBook and eAudiobook, available on our Overdrive platform, for members of Oxfordshire Libraries to borrow in 2024.

Previous winners have written some of the most borrowed titles in our collection.  Now in its tenth year, this annual competition aims to inspire new writers to express themselves and tell their own original stories. 

Age categories

The age categories are:

  • Children: 7 – 11 years old

  • Young adult: 12 – 17 years old

  • Adult: 18 years old and above

Children’s stories can be up to 1000 words. Stories by young adults and adults can be up to 3000 words. 

The competition is free to enter, and entries can be submitted from Monday 11 December 2023. The closing date is Sunday 11 February 2024.

Terms and conditions

  1. Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry. 

  2. Submissions will only be accepted if submitted via the form on the Oxfordshire Libraries eBook Short Story Competition web page. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry.

  3. Entrants must be aged:
  • 7 – 11 years to enter the children’s category 

  • 12 – 17 years to enter the young adult category 
  • 18 years and above to enter the adult category

on the date the competition closes (11 February 2024).

  1. Entries should be written for readers in the same age category as the entrant.

  2. Children and young adults must have the consent of an adult parent/carer who fills in the consent form at the point of submitting a story.
  3. Entrants must provide the following details via the submission form:
  • name
  • category of entry (children / young adult/adult)
  • word count
  • email address
  • how they found out about the competition 
  1. Entrants can submit one entry per person.

  2. The opening date for entries is Monday, 11 December 2023.

  3. The closing date for all entries is midnight on Sunday, 11 February 2024. Entries submitted after that time will not be accepted. All entries will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.

  4. The competition is open to anyone who lives, works, studies in Oxfordshire, or has an Oxfordshire library card. Staff employed by Oxfordshire Libraries are excluded.

  5. Stories should be written predominantly in English.

  6. Each entry must be original, fictional, in a short story format, and entirely the work of the entrant. It should not have been previously published.

  7. Entries must not be libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body.  Illegible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.

  8. The story should be submitted via the submission form as a Word, PDF, or other word-processed document. The font size should be 12pt or larger.

  9. The length of each submission, including the title, must not exceed:

    • 3,000 words for adults and young adults

    • 1,000 words for children

There is no lower limit. 

  1. The publication of the winning entry of the Oxfordshire eBook Short Story Competition is exclusive to Oxfordshire Libraries for the period of one year from the first publication date on Oxfordshire Libraries’ Overdrive platform. It will be provided with a suitable cover and made available for Oxfordshire Libraries' customers to borrow. After this period, the title will be removed.

  2. The decision of the judges is final. Oxfordshire Libraries is unable to offer individual feedback to entrants.

  3. No cash alternatives to the prize are available.

  4. Announcements in relation to the prize will be posted on Oxfordshire Libraries’ social media and website. The winners will be notified in May 2024.

  5. 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 UK General Data Protection Regulation.

How to enter

To enter your story, complete an online form before the deadline of Sunday, 11 February 2024.

The entry form will be available on this webpage starting Monday 11 December 2023.  

Entries from children and young adults, up to and including 17-year-olds, will need parent or carer consent to accompany their entry.


If, after reading the Terms and Conditions and the How to enter form, you have any questions, please contact librarydigitalservices@oxfordshire.gov.uk