TELLING TALES

 

Chipping Norton Theatre is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new writing venture, encouraging you to have a go at writing and submitting an original short story. The winner in each category will have their story published in the Oxford Mail and a printed anthology.


Telling Tales has three age categories for entry:

7 – 11 years

12 – 15 years

Adult

The theme for the 7 – 11 years is The Visitor but ages 12 – 15 and adult can write on any subject that gets the creative juices flowing.

 

The word counts are:

 

7 – 11 years: up to 1,000 words

12 – 15: up to 1,500 words

Adult: up to 2,500 words

READ THE RULES

DOWNLOAD A SUBMISSION FORM

WATCH A MASTERCLASS

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG WRITERS

OUR JUDGES

The short stories will be read by an incredible panel of readers and judges including Peter Buckman, Jo Cotterill, Guy Jones and Clare Mackintosh.

 

Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of four Sunday Times bestselling novels. Her first three novels were all Richard and Judy Book Club picks. Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, have been New York Times and international bestsellers and have spent a combined total of 50 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. Her next thriller, Hostage, publishes in July 2021. Clare is patron of the Oxfordshire charity Silver Star Society, based at the John Radcliffe hospital, and the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She now lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children. 

Peter Buckman has been involved with publishing for over half a century, as an editor, literary agent, and author. He has written eight books and many scripts for the theatre, film, television, and radio.

Jo Cotterill is an award-winning children's author with over 40 books to her name. She has written for all age groups, from picture books to Young Adult, and her novels include Looking at the Stars, A Library of Lemons and the part-graphic novel series Electrigirl. When not writing. Jo loves arts and crafts and watching Marvel films. She has two daughters and lives in Kidlington, North Oxford.

Guy Jones is a playwright and novelist. His musical Never Forget ran in the West End, and he is the author of two middle-grade fantasies, The Ice Garden and The Fire Maker, both of which are published by the leading children’s imprint Chicken House
 

MASTERCLASSES AND SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

We are creating specially commissioned video masterclasses with writers, alongside resources for younger writers, to get you started on your writing journey. You can watch them here

Young People’s Resources can be found here

 

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