If you enjoy writing and are aged between 16-100, you could enter our short story competition.

This year the theme is: Portsmouth: truth, myths and legends. Maximum word count: 4,000. You could win £500 and get your story posted online.  

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport said: "The Short Story competition is the perfect place for budding writers to test their story writing skills and be in with the chance to win a prize. Plus this year's theme gives writers plenty of scope for creativity. I look forward to reading the entries."

To enter submit your entry by 5pm on Friday 2 November 2018 either at a Portsmouth Library or by post, along with your completed entry form and £5 entry fee.

For more information view the libraries - what's on page.

This year the Library Service is also offering writing workshops to help you write your short story. Free two hour ‘Writing a Short Story Taster’ sessions on Friday 3 August from 2-4pm at Carnegie Library and Wednesday 8 August from 7-9pm at North End Library. 

There's also courses at Central Library on Wednesday 15 August, Wednesday 12 September and Wednesday 17 October - bookable in advance by calling 023 9268 8064.