Ghosts in the Bookshop

A Short Story Competition


2018 is the 100th birthday of The Petersfield Bookshop. To help us celebrate we would like you to write us a ghost story set in a bookshop. We want it to thrill us, and chill us, and move us.

Your story can be traditional or modern, in any style and with any kinds of characters, just make sure that most of the action takes place in, or centres around, a bookshop. Stories must be in English.

There is no word limit, as such, because we think ghost stories are best when they are written to be read aloud. So we would like you to write us a story that can be easily read at a nice dramatic pace in less than 20 minutes.

All entries must be received by midnight on November 30th. We will be announcing the winner in mid-December and we hope to have an event at Christmas when the winner and runner up stories will be read aloud in the atmospheric aisles and rooms of our after hours bookshop (details to come).

Please send your entry, as a Word document attached to an email to

Please make sure your Name, postal address and telephone number are on the bottom of each page of the document.



We are delighted that the award-winning author, and friend of the shop, Michelle Magorian (Goodnight Mister Tom, Just Henry, A Spoonful of Jam, and many others) has agreed to help us as a guest judge to choose the best story – and when we find the one we like the best we are going to give the author £100. There will be three runners-up prizes of £100 worth of books from our shop.



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