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Inclusive Voices

Calling would-be authors of all ages! Do you love writing stories? Enter Calibre's exciting new competition and your short story could win you a prize!

Celebrate 50 years of Calibre Audio

We believe stories should be about imagination rather than rules, so we’ve kept our competition terms to a minimum:

  • Your story should be 550 words or fewer

  • It should feature a character with a print disability.

You can create and submit your short story in the format you prefer: written, audio or video – in poetry or prose.

Help raise awareness of print disabilities

Whether you have a print disability or not, you can take part in our short story competition. Launched as part of Calibre Audio’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Inclusive Voices aims to raise awareness of the challenges that people with print disabilities face in their daily lives.

It celebrates the joy everyone can share when stories are truly accessible.

Before joining Calibre the last book I can remember finishing was in 2018, and I never really fully grasped what I read. Since joining I’m now on my 7th book. I cannot tell you how amazing this has been for me. I’m finally able to relax and listen to a book, I can talk to my colleagues and friends about what I’m reading!
Stacey, Calibre Member

Competition resources (coming soon!)

We’ve gathered some resources that might help you write, film, or record your perfect story. We’ve divided them into sections so you can find what you need more easily.

However, they overlap a little as brilliant authors and poets with print disabilities share their tips and perspectives.

Whether you’re 7 or 70, you should find inspiration here.

We’ve got writing tips for younger writers and aspiring adult authors and links to information about print disabilities for adults and children. Even if you’ve no direct experience with print disability, you might find these resources helpful when bringing your print-disabled character to life.

Enter the competition now!

You can enter the competition by completing the form below, or you can download a copy of the form as a PDF and send it along with your story by post to Inclusive Voices, Calibre Audio, Aylesbury HP22 5XQ or email shortstory@calibre.org.uk

Full terms & conditions can be found here.

Competition Dates

  • Opens: 9am, 27th March 2024

  • Closes: 5pm, 31st August 2024

  • Winners announced: 21st October 2024

Everyone is welcome

Maybe you make short work of the pile of books on your bedside table, but you’ve never turned your hand to writing and want to try.

Perhaps you have lived experience of a print disability and cannot read the written word as a result.

You might be brimming with ideas for a story but uncertain how to put them on paper.