Stories: By & For Children

This year we are celebrating literature and stories for children with a short story competition. We are seeking short stories, of no more than 1,000 words of prose, written by or for children.

Writing for children is significant and can often be overlooked, so this year we aim to inspire adult writers to put pen to paper for young readers, and stimulate children’s own love of reading through story-writing themselves.

Submissions can be on any theme or subject – if you want a bit of direction then you could write about the Festival’s theme of international connections, or, if a young author wants something to pique the imagination, how about writing about inventions?

The competition is open to anyone and closes at the end of April. Entries will be shortlisted in the following categories: 7-11, 12-16, and 17+.

The stories will be judged by Clare Morgan, Director of the Mst in Creative Writing at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and Sarah Franklin, founder of regular Oxford event Short Stories Aloud and judge of the 2015 Short Story Costa Book Awards.

Selected winners will be invited to read their stories alongside published children’s authors, during a special evening of stories by and for young people at Oxford Festival of the Arts in June 2016.

All entries and enquiries should be sent via email to or by post to:

Oxford Festival of the Arts
Magdalen College School

Deadline for entries: Friday 29th April 2016

Download the terms and conditions here.

Download the poster for Stories: By & For Children here