With a judging panel of celebrity parents and publishing experts, incredible prizes up for grabs and a heart-warming friendship theme, this year's Bedtime Story Competition 2017 is sure to be an exciting one! For details on how to enter the competition, who will be judging the stories and what the prizes are, read on...
To enter the competition, you'll need to be a young writer aged between 5 and 11. Stories should be 200-800 words in length, and - of course - perfect for bedtime! The theme this year is friendship and there's lots of inspiration available in the stories you already know and love, from best buddies Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet to the magical trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione. If you need some help on getting started, take a look at our Top Tips for Writing a Bedtime Story.
The competition opens for entries on 10 July 2017 and closes on 2 October 2017. Entrants should ask a parent, guardian or teacher to submit their story through our online form.
Once your story has been submitted, all you'll need to do is cross your fingers (and toes and arms and legs!) and look out for the announcement of our shortlist in October.
Our judges this year include publishing experts and celebrity parents, all of whom love a good bedtime story!
Our head judge for 2017 will be one of Britain's best-known and best-loved broadcasters, Claudia Winkleman! She will be joined by popular broadcaster and children's author Christian O'Connell and top children's illustrator Alison Brown to choose the lucky winners from a shortlist of the very best stories.
If your story is chosen to be one of the three age category winners, you will win a whopping 250 pounds worth of books as well as 250 pounds worth of books for your school - the perfect prize for any young booklover and aspiring author!
One of the lucky age category winners will also be chosen to be the competition's overall winner. This exceptional young writer will win the biggest prize of all: their story will be published by Little Tiger as a stunning picture book, beautifully illustrated by Alison Brown, and read by children all over the country!
So what are you waiting for? Start writing your bedtime story today, because you never know... you could be a published author in 2018!