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Super Short Story Competition

Deadline extended to Tuesday 4th June!

To celebrate the 25th Edition of Essex Book Festival, we are inviting young people (ages 7-11) living in Essex to join in our Super Short Story Competition.

The theme is This Land. You might be inspired by the world around you, the place where you live, somewhere you have visited or want to visit, an Essex story you know, our beautiful nature and wildlife, or something completely different inspired by Essex. The most important thing is to use your creativity and imagination to write a Short Story that you think is SUPER!

As we are celebrating Essex, the story must include the word Essex.

Winning stories will be announced at our Super Short Story Awards Ceremony by BBC Essex Presenter Rob Jelly on Sunday 23rd June. The Ceremony will take place at Cressing Temple Barns as part of our Midsummer Madness Family Fun Day.

How to Enter

To enter, just email your story to [email protected], along with your name, age, and parent/guardian’s email address.

The deadline for entries is Friday 24th May 2024 Tuesday 4th June 2024 .


Entry is open to young people aged 7 to 11.
The story must be 100 words or less (title is not included in the number).
The story must be a child’s own original idea.
The story must include the word Essex.
It can take the form of a story or a poem.


1 x Winner will win a £25 book token
2 x Runners Up will each win a £15 book token
Winner & Runners Up stories will be published on Essex Book Festival Website

For more information please email: [email protected]

Good Luck!