Entries are invited for short stories, up to 1000 words, that a child reader will love.
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.
All the above, with your story recognised as the Competition Winner, plus £500 in cash.
Submissions from 1st January to 21st March 2022, midnight UK time
Judge: Chloe Seager of Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Word limit: 1,000 words, not including the title
Entry fee per story: £10
Results published: 20th June 2022
Please read the rules below before entering the competition.