Complete a crime story and win £100 courtesy Budleigh virtual library.

Budleigh Salterton Library is giving away £100 to the winner of a short story writing competition as the service offers a virtual branch during lockdown.

A top prize of £100 can be won by writing the middle of a short story created by crime fiction writer, Graham Hurley, who lives in Exmouth. There is a runner-up prize of £50.

And you can still sign up to join the library while it is closed, giving lenders access to free e-books, audiobooks and magazines, as well as the Ancestry Library Edition and – the leading video stream for classical music, opera and ballet.

Jane Cordy, Budleigh Salterton library supervisor, said the service was continuing to keep in touch with readers through social media.

“We have a short story writing competition – with a storyline created by popular local author, Graham Hurley. Graham is the patron of the Friends of Budleigh Library and has very kindly written the beginning and the end of a story and all we need any keen, budding writers to do, is fill in the bit in the middle in 2000 words or less. There is a first prize of £100 and the runner-up will receive £50.

“Go onto Budleigh Library Facebook page for more details on how to enter either competition, where you will also find the storyline Graham Hurley has written for us.”

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