Best Children’s Bedtime Story

This competition has now closed.

Entries are invited for bedtime stories, up to 500 words, suitable to read aloud to a young child.


Top 10 Shortlisted Entries

Your story included in The Winners’ Collection, which is sent to literary agents and publishers to help your work get noticed.

Your story and biography included in our Winners’ Gallery on the Searchlight Awards’ website, which agents, publishers, friends and family can access.

Your story included in our annual Searchlight Awards’ Anthology, which features the best entries from all our competitions in the last year.

First Prize

All the above, with your story recognised as the Competition Winner, plus £300 in Cash.

Key Information

Submissions from 10th May 2021 to 16th August 2021, midnight UK time

Judge: Finbar Hawkins, children’s author and Creative Director and Producer at Aardman Animations

Word limit: 500 words, not including the title

Entry fee per story: £9

Results published: 13th December 2021

Please read the rules below before entering the competition

Competition Information