Short Story competition

 Althorp Children's Literary Festival and Library Plus present a short story competition for 8 to 12 year olds.

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To join in with the competition you need to write a 500 word short story and enter it to be in with the chance of winning tickets to the Althorp Children’s Literary Festival, a goody bag, Waterstones vouchers and the opportunity to attend a special awards ceremony. Winners will be judged by a panel that includes famous children’s authors.

To enter you can take your story to your local library, or see below on how to submit your story by email.


20 shortlisted entrants will receive 4 tickets to the Althorp Children’s Literary Festival, including the Short Story prize ceremony, on Sunday 8 October 2017. Every shortlisted entry will receive a goody bag and have their story published online.

  • 1st prize £200 Waterstones voucher
  • 2nd prize £100 Waterstones voucher
  • 3rd prize £50 Waterstones voucher
  • Plus 2 runners up prizes of £25 Waterstones voucher

The story should be original, all your own work and be between 500 and 600 words long with one entry per child.

All entries to be submitted by 5pm Thursday 31 August. Entries should be submitted on paper to your local Northamptonshire library, or emailed as a Word document to

Whether emailing your entry or bringing it to a library, please make sure to give your name, age, email address, telephone number and local library.

The judges decision is final. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by 24 September. Shortlisted entrants will receive 4 tickets to the Althorp Children's Literary Festival on Sunday 8 October in order to attend the prize ceremony with family members.

Tickets cannot be transferred or sold on and there is no cash alternative to the prize.

If after reasonable attempts are made we are unable to contact you to advise you of being shortlisted we reserve the right to select alternative shortlisted entries.

Details of winners names and ages may be used in publicity and any photographs or video taken by Northamptonshire Libraries and/or Althorp Enterprises LP may also be used, parental permission will be sought before use.

For more information visit

or email

Summer Reading Challenge in Northamptonshire LibraryPlus and the Althorp Children’s Literary Festival

We know that children join the Summer Reading Challenge as they love books and love reading. That’s why we are delighted to tell you that Northamptonshire Libraries are joining forces with the Althorp Children’s Literary Festival on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October, to give you the chance to win one of 400 pairs of tickets to this great literary event in the autumn with lots of entertainment and famous authors attending, it is set to be a fun filled weekend!

We are inviting every child that joins this year’s Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge at their local Northamptonshire Library to enter a free prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the Althorp Children’s Literary Festival on either Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 October.

All you need to do is visit your local library and join the Summer Reading Challenge and ask for a leaflet about the draw. Fill in your details and hand it to a member of staff.

For more information visit or email

Terms and conditions

  • One entry per child
  • Entries close on Friday 18 August
  • Winners will be notified by email by Thursday 24 August with information on how to redeem their tickets. Any tickets not redeemed by Thursday 7 September will be reallocated to other entrants
  • Tickets allow entry to Althorp Children's Literary Festival on the specified day only, and entry to one author event
  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Tickets cannot be sold or transferred and there is no cash alternative to the prize
  • By providing your email address you agree to be contacted by Northamptonshire Libraries and Althorp Enterprises LP

For more information about the festival visit The official festival programme will be released in August 2017.

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