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Library service to launch short story writing competition for adults

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Wed 28th September 2022

Derbyshire’s library service is set to launch a short story writing competition for adults.

The short story writing competition, which will launch on Friday, October 7, follows the success of a similar event for children earlier in the year.

Entrants are being asked to write a story of no more than 55 words inspired by Derbyshire.

Stories must be original and must not have been published elsewhere before, including on social media.

The author of the winning story will receive a £20 book token and all eligible entries will be published on the library service’s BorrowBox platform for other members to read.

Councillor Barry Lewis, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Our libraries offer brilliant services to their local communities, and this is a wonderful opportunity for people to get more involved.

“It’s also a chance for budding and experienced writers to try their hand at short-form storytelling. I’m intrigued to see what they can come up with in no more than 55 words. I wish them luck.”

The competition will run until Friday, November 4. All entries should be sent to

The full terms and conditions of the competition are available here.

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