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We are delighted to announce our first Short Story Station Writing Competition!

Our three Short Story Stations are currently in storage, patiently waiting until they can once again dispense thousands of free short stories for you to read. In the meantime, we are looking for your help to create more short stories to add to our stations’ library by holding our first competition.

We’re asking you to write a 1, 3 or 5 minute long story or poem about ‘Life in Lockdown’, drawing inspiration from the incredible and unprecedented situation we find ourselves in. Your story can be thought provoking or enlightening, romantic or amusing. Whist the story should be fictional, it can centre on any aspect of your choosing, whether it is a new discovery or skill learned, a new relationship or struggles encountered whilst self-isolating; the opportunities are endless.

We welcome stories from people both young and old so we’ll have two categories, an Adult Competition and a Young Writers’ Competition for those under 16.

Adult Competition – How to enter

From the Adult Competition we will be selecting a number of the winning stories to be permanently added to our Short Story Stations, to be read and enjoyed by thousands of people. The overall winner in this category will also win a £250 Canary Wharf Gift Card.

Click here to enter, then click the Submit button on the top right hand corner by Sunday 31 May. You will be asked to create an account in order to submit your entry.

Young Writers’ Competition – How to enter

For the Young Writers category, we’ll feature our favourite 10 stories in a special Short Stories Weekend as part of our Summer Family Weekends event later in the year. An overall winner will also be awarded a £150 Canary Wharf Gift Card.

Click here to enter, and then click the Submit button at the top right hand corner to submit your story by 12noon on Sunday 31 May. You will need to create an account in order to submit your entry and will need parent or guardian permission to do this. We also ask that in the ‘Author’ section, you enter your name and age.

Click here for further information and terms and conditions

Good luck!