Best Children’s Picture Book Text 2023


Entries are invited for our children’s picture book competition (text only), up to 500 words.


Top 10 Shortlisted Entries

Your entry included in Searchlight’s Pitch Book of winning stories, which is sent to literary agents and publishers to help your work get noticed.

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

First Prize

All the above, with your story recognised as the Competition Winner, plus £500 in Cash.

Key Information

Submissions from 1st May 2023 to 31st August 2023, midnight UK time

Judge: Becky Bagnell of Lindsay Literary Agency

Word limit: 500 words, not including the title

Entry fee per story: £9

Results published: 26th January 2024

Please read the rules below before entering the competition

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Competition Information