As part of the Great Northumberland 2018 programme of events, the Hexham Book Festival are offering a Short Story Competition (max 500 words) for pupils from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 from across the county. There are two titles, one for Years 5 and 6 and the other for Years 7 and 8 ….and there are prizes! £200 for the winning student’s school library from each title, plus book tokens of £20 for the winner and £10 each for two runners up in each category.

Award winning author Caroline Lawrence (best known for The Roman Mysteries series of historical novels for children) will be judging the short stories and awarding prizes at a celebratory event at The Sill on Tuesday 17 July 2018.

The short story titles are:

  • Years 5 and 6 – “The Lost Letter”
  • Years 7 and 8 – “An Unexpected Messenger”

More information on entering the competition can be found here.

Competition timings:

  • 13 June – Deadline for submissions to Mrs Roff
  • 15 June - Closing date for submissions
  • 6 July – Schools advised of shortlisted stories
  • 17 July - Awards Event