Talented Oxfordshire writers put pen to paper for the fourth annual writing competition as two authors add another chapter to their story.
This year’s winners of the Oxfordshire Library Service’s Short Story Competition 2018 are Phoebe Haywood, 16, in the Young Adult category, and Louise Brakespear in the adult category.
The competition showcases the breadth of writers from across the county by making their stories available for any library user to read for free on the library Overdrive eBook service.
Burford resident Phoebe won with her story The Glass is Never Half Full examining approaches to life’s difficulties, inspired by a visit to a hotel bar while on holiday.
She said: “I know loads of young writers must have submitted stories of an amazing quality, so I’m very honoured that my story won with all that competition.”
It was third time lucky for Henley Library user Louise who finally won the competition after entering twice previously. Her story A Passing Place tells a moving tale set in the aftermath of World War One.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted, really thrilled. It’s nice to think others have enjoyed the story.”
Phoebe and Louise’s winning entries can be read on the Oxfordshire Library eBook website at: https://bit.ly/2KMpWMl