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  • Storytimes are aimed at children under-five, while Rhymetimes have a sing-along element aimed at toddlers

The Portsmouth Short Story Competition (26 July - 8 November)

Get writing and enter our short story competition!

The city has a strong literacy heritage and now you can join the ranks of Portsmouth writers like Dickens & Conan Doyle with the Portsmouth Short Story Competition which opens on Friday 26 July.

If you're a budding writer aged 16 or over, or want to try your hand at story writing for the first time, enter the short story competition and you could win £500 and see your story posted online. Submit your entry by Friday 8 November to a Portsmouth Library or by post, with your completed entry form and your £5 entry fee (cheques made payable to Portsmouth City Council).

This year's theme is to take one of these photographs from the Portsmouth Archive Collection and write a story about it.

Three images collated next to each other. From left to right: Two women in old fashion dresses on rolling skates, advancing arm in arm, and a little girl in school uniform skating towards them from behind; young boys in school uniforms looking at camels l


Photographs in large format:

Check at your local library for an entry form and terms and conditions, email or call 023 9268 8064.

To help you to get inspired and get writing we've got a series of free short story writing taster sessions throughout the summer:

  • Saturday 27th July Southsea Library cafe 3.30pm-5.30pm with Judy Waite
  • Wednesday 7th August Beddow Library 7-9pm with Amanda Garrie
  • Tuesday 13th August Southsea Library café 7-9pm with Amanda Garrie
  • Wednesday 14th August Carnegie Library with 2pm-4pm Christine Lawrence
  • Tuesday 20th August Central Library 4-6pm with Christine Lawrence

To book your place at one of the writing taster sessions at your local library or call 023 9268 8064 or emailing

Portsmouth Short Story Information leaflet


Alderman Lacey Library

  • Scrabble club - Monday
  • Craft club - Monday, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Storytimes - Thursday, 10-10.30am
  • Rhymetimes - Friday, 10-10.30am (term-time only)

Beddow Library

  • Craft club - first Monday of each month, 2-4pm
  • Careers Service advice and support - Monday, 10am-12pm
  • Knitting and crochet club - Tuesday, 5-7pm
  • Scrabble club - Tuesday, 2pm
  • Rhymetimes - Wednesday, 2.15-2.45pm (term-time only)
  • Careers Service advice and support - Wednesday, 1-4pm
  • Craft club - alternate Wednesdays, 10am-12pm
  • Craft club - Thursday, 1-3pm
  • Storytimes - Friday, 10-10.30am
  • 50+ social group - Friday, 10.30am-12.30pm

Carnegie Library

  • Rhymetimes - Monday, 10.30-11am (term-time only)
  • Knit and natter - Tuesday, 1.30-4pm
  • 'Food for thought' - one Wednesday each month, 11am

Central Library

  • Family history drop-in - Monday, 2.15-2.45pm
  • Knit and Natter Group - Tuesday
  • Careers Service advice and support - Tuesday, 10am-12.30pm
  • Rhymetimes - Wednesday 10-10.30am
  • Coffee morning for people affected by cancer - first Wednesday of each month, 10am-12.30pm
  • Computer class for the visually impaired - Wednesday, 2-3.30pm
  • Reading group for the visually impaired - first Thursday of each month, 1.30pm
  • Yoga session - Friday, 11.30am-1pm (six week courses, cost £42)


Cosham Library

  • 50+ craft club - Monday, 2-4pm
  • Rhymetimes - Tuesday, 11.15-11.45am (term-time only)

North End Library

  • Careers Service advice and support - Tuesday, 1.30-4pm
  • Storytimes - Wednesday, 11.15-11.45am
  • Rhymetimes - Friday, 11.15-11.45am (term-time only)

Paulsgrove Library

  • Crochet group - Monday, 10am-12pm
  • Crochet group - Wednesday, 10am-12pm
  • Crochet group - Thursday, 10am-12pm
  • Crochet group - Friday, 10am-12pm
  • Coffee and book time - Saturday, 10.30-11.30am

Southsea Library

  • Rhymetime - Monday, 10-10.30am
  • Storytime - Monday, 2-2.30pm
  • Mah Jong - Monday, 2-4pm
  • Spanish rhyme time - Tuesday, 11am
  • Scrabble club - Wednesday, 2-4pm
  • Art class - Wednesday, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Rhymetime - Thursday, 10-10.30am
  • Social drop-in for the visually impaired - Thursday, 10am-12pm
  • Careers Service advice and support - Friday, 10am-12pm
  • Rummikub Klub - Friday, 2-4pm
  • Rhymetime - Saturday, 10.30-11am