Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults

Submissions from 1st January to 21st March 2022

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.

First Prize

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

Key Information

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.

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