Longlist Announced

It’s time to announce our highly anticipated longlist for the Best Children’s Bedtime Story Competition 2021. With hundreds of fantastic entries, from 22 different countries, you certainly made our reading team’s task very challenging. They read, re-read, championed and fiercely defended your stories, eventually arriving at their decision.

Whether your story is on the longlist or not, you should be proud of what you’ve achieved. You are all great writers and we will continue providing you with opportunities to showcase your talent. Keep writing, keep submitting to agents/publishers and competitions, and don’t forget to tell us when you are offered that amazing book deal!


A Honk a Doodle Hullabaloo

Blown Kisses Bounce but Goodnight Kisses − Don’t Bounce

Charlie and the Dark

Counting Sheep to go to Sleep

Detective D

Fogg on the Mountain

How to Spot a Gweegle

I Love it when it’s Bedtime


Little Bear’s Winter Wish

Molly’s Pet Plan

Pirate O’Clock


Snorey Story

Squawk McCaw

The Dream Moth

The Sun Lantern

The Terribly Terrifying Tale of Tasha Beast

The Witch Who Couldn’t Spell

There’s a Growling in the Freezer

Where do Bogeys Come From?

Our judge, Finbar Hawkins, will now read the longlisted entries and decide the top 10 stories, including an overall winner. Results will be published on December 13th.

If your story is listed, feel free to shout from the rooftops but please don’t identify the title of your story on social media while judging is still taking place. Good luck!

Thank you all for participating in such an incredible competition.

Published in
8 October 2021
Last Updated
28 February 2022