Bedtime Story Competition 2018: The Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2018. This year's competition involved children aged 5-11 writing bedtime stories on the theme of imagination. We received hundreds of fantastic entries so it was really tough for our judges, including our Head Judge, Olympic gold medallist and author Alex Gregory, to choose the winning stories. We now have our three age category (5-7, 8-9 and 10-11) winners as well as our overall winner whose story will be transformed into a real picture book!


All three category winners won 250 pounds worth of books for themselves and a further 250 pounds worth of books for their school and a special illustration of each of their stories by top children's book illustrator and competition judge, Sara Sanchez. The overall winning story will be published as a picture book by Little Tiger Press with full illustrations by Sara and sold exclusively by us at Book People in summer 2019 with proceeds going towards our partner charity, Save the Children UK. 

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We are thrilled to be announcing our competition winners and, without further ado, here they are...

Ages 5-7 Category Winner: 

Name: Tom Burlison

Story Title: Elliot and Ruby's Amazing Adventures

Seven-year-old Tom from Epsom wrote a lovely story about how your imagination can make the world around you feel so much more exciting. Elliot and Ruby live on the same street and walk to school together every day. Ruby uses her imagination to turn every walk into an adventure, soon enough she's encouraging Elliot to unlock his imagination too. 


Find out more about Tom here.

Ages 8-9 Category Winner:

Name: Grace Shaw

Story Title: Detective Unicorn and the Missing Pyjamas

Eight-year-old Grace from West Yorkshire's story is a fun mystery starring an unusual duo. When Hammy the hamster loses her pyjamas, Detective Unicorn gets right on the case to find out what's happened. 


Read Grace's story here. 

Ages 10-11 Category Winner: 

Name: Sophia Buchanan

Story Title: Once Upon a Bedtime 

Ten-year-old Sophia from Oxford used a range of bedtime classics as inspiration for her own story. Martha gets a surprise when the characters from the books her mum reads to her each night start turning up at her house! 


Read Sophia's story here.

And the overall winner is...

Tom Burlison for his story Elliot and Ruby's Amazing Adventures! 


Tom found out he was the winner when there was a very special visit to his school. Head Judge, Alex Gregory visited Tom's class and read his winning story to his friends and classmates before telling Tom that he has been chosen, not only as the winner of the 5-7 age category, but as the winner of the overall prize. 7-year-old Tom said, "I felt really excited when I found out my story would get published. My book is going to raise lots of money for Save the Children and that makes me feel so happy." 


Elliot and Ruby's Amazing Adventures by Tom Burlison with illustrations from Sara Sanchez will be available to buy in summer 2019. This book will follow in the footsteps of last year's winning story, There's a Boy Just Like Me by Frasier Cox with illustrations from Alison Brown.