Bedtime Story Competition

After such a fantastic response to last year's Bedtime Story Competition we're back with the opportunity of a lifetime for young writers who aspire to have one of their stories published!

2017 Bedtime Story Competition

Do you know an aspiring young author?

Do you know a child aged between 5 and 11 years old who has a brilliant idea for a bedtime story? Would they love to see it published as a fantastic picture book? Book People, in association with Little Tiger, are on the lookout for the nation's best storyteller!

The joy of bedtime stories...

Reading plays a huge part in a child's development, and bedtime stories are integral to inspiring a lifelong love of reading and learning. Book People's Bedtime Story Competition highlights the benefits of reading to children, sharing stories and encouraging children to harness their creativity by writing their own exciting tales of friendship.

Stories of friendship

This year's Bedtime Story Competition theme is friendship, and we want to read stories about all kinds of friendships - from imaginary friends, best friends, and unlikely friends to new friends.

An opportunity of a lifetime

Opening Monday 10 July, we're accepting 200-800 word stories across 3 age categories on the theme of friendship. There will be a winner in each of the 3 age categories and they will receive £250 of books from Book People for themselves and for their schools.

From these three winners, one lucky winner will be chosen to win a publishing contract with Little Tiger who will help them bring their story to life. Illustrator Alison Brown will create stunning artwork to accompany the text, and the book will be published in 2018 and sold exclusively at

See Book People's Bedtime Story Competition FAQs for more information.

Bedtime Story Competition

How to Enter

Any child living in the UK aged between 5 and 11 years old can take part in Book People's Bedtime Story Competition. Schools, libraries and community groups are welcome to submit entries for their children, too. All they will need to do is:

  • Write a 200-800 word bedtime story about friendship
  • Have a parent or guardian submit their entry using the link below
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 2 October

One winner will be selected from each age category and one overall winner will be chosen to have their book illustrated by Alison Brown, published by Little Tiger and sold exclusively through Book People!


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Meet Our Head Judge

Meet the Judge

We are thrilled to announce that one of the UK's best known broadcasters, Claudia Winkleman, is this year's Bedtime Story Competition head judge!

Claudia, who loves to write and began her career as a journalist, is a huge advocate for the arts and as a mum of 3 is a big fan of bedtime stories!

She is the host of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC 1), the voice of Sunday nights on BBC Radio 2 and writes a weekly column for the Sunday Times Style Magazine for which she was nominated Fashion Journalist of the Year at this year's Press Awards.

Claudia will be selecting the winners for each of the three categories from shortlisted entries, as well as choosing the overall winner who'll have their bedtime story published!

Find out all about our full panel of judges, as well as the judging process for our Bedtime Story Competition.

Meet Last Year's Winner

order 2016 winer

Bedtime Story Inspiration