Alfreton Library

Library service launches short story writing competition for children

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Tue 31st January 2023

Budding young authors in Derbyshire are being invited to take part in a short story writing competition.

Derbyshire Libraries launched the competition in celebration of National Storytelling Week 2023, which started on Monday (January 30) and runs until Sunday (February 5).

The library service is inviting children aged between 7 and 18 years old to write a short story of just 50 words set in Derbyshire.

Announcing the competition on Facebook, Derbyshire Libraries said: “We’re holding a 50 word short story writing competition for children. The two age categories are 7-11 years and 12-18 years. It runs from 28 January to 26 February.

“We are looking for stories of no more than 50 words. It can be any kind of story, including adventure, spooky, fantasy, or funny but it must be set somewhere in Derbyshire.”

There will be book prizes for each category.

To take part in the competition, send your entries to by Sunday, February 26.

Winners of the competition will be announced on Friday, March 10 and the winning entries will be published on Derbyshire Libraries’ social media pages.

Find out more by visiting the Derbyshire Libraries Facebook page here.