Write a short story about an object that has inspired you on your visit to the Ashmolean's exhibition Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft and see where your imagination takes you. The author of our favourite story will win a gift voucher which can be used in the Ashmolean Shop.

Stories must be no longer than 500 words and the deadline for entries is Sunday 13 January 2019.

The competition is open only to those aged 18 and under.

Submit your entry using the form below. A parent or guardian's permission and their email address are needed.

Our Privacy Policy, and the competition Terms and Conditions, can be found at the bottom of this page.




You can read our Privacy Policy here and our competition Terms and Conditions below.


  • The prize is an Ashmolean Shop Gift Voucher which will be posted to the winner, or can be collected from the Museum.
  • The competition closes on 13 January 2019.
  • A winner will be selected by a judging panel made up of staff at the Ashmolean Museum after 13 January 2019.
  • A winner will be contacted within 14 days of the competition closing date via the parent/guardian email address provided. If the winner does not respond within 14 days of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and another winner will be selected.
  • Only one entry/story per person is permitted.
  • The competition is only open to those aged 18 and under.
  • Any relation of those on the judging panel will not be eligible for entry.
  • The prize is non-transferable and has no cash value.
  • The Ashmolean has the right to withdraw this prize draw at any time.
  • The Ashmolean reserves the right to publish the name of the prize winner on its website and social media channels (so long as permission has been granted when the entry was submitted).
  • Entry into this competition constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  • The competition is provided by the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH.
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