City of Stories Competition
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The City of Stories Competition is open to people who attend a free City of Stories workshop in a London library throughout June. The competition invites stories of up to 500 words. Here, we have curated some examples and some handy hints for you to craft the best short-short story you possibly can in the word count.

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500 Word Story Examples

The City of Stories is an Association of London Chief Librarians project, managed by Spread the Word and funded by Arts Council England. 40 free workshops are taking place for adults in libraries in London throughout June. You can book yourself onto a free workshop here: and find out more about the City of Stories competition, open to workshop participants, free to enter and open until 14 July 2017, here:


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