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To celebrate the BBC’s novels that shaped our world programme, Derbyshire libraries is running a short story competition aimed at adults around the theme of isolation.

The competition runs from Monday 1 February 2021 and closes on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and is open to all residents aged 16 and over who live within the administrative boundaries of Derbyshire County Council.

Entrants must write up to 500 words, this could be fiction, memoir or poetry, but all entries should centre on the theme of isolation. Entries should be sent to with the name of the participant and a contact number or email.

Prizes of book tokens will be awarded to the top three entries chosen by our independent judges, celebrated authors Emma Pass and Anna Stuart.

– First Prize is £250 in book tokens,
– Second Prize is £150 in book tokens
– Third Prize is £100 in book tokens

All entries will be published in a compendium ebook on Derbyshire Libraries’ BorrowBox platform available for all customers to read and enjoy.

This competition is part of a series of library activities and events to celebrate the novel and the joy of reading in participation of the BBC ‘Novels That Shaped Our World’ programme, funded by Arts Council England.

To find out more and read our competition rules – please click here.

Derbyshire Libraries are also offering 2 writing workshops from our judges.

Anna Stuart is hosting ‘Getting Started – a guide to the nuts and bolts of writing’ for adults, and Emma Pass is hosting a Young Adult writing workshop. Tickets are free but places are limited.

Find our more about the ‘Getting Started – a guide to the nuts and bolts of writing’ for Adults workshop here – By Anna Stuart.

Find out more about the Young Adult writing workshop here – By Emma Pass.

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