Competition closed

Competition 2018

The competition is now closed. Clare and Yue are busy choosing the winners, check back here soon to find out who's won!

Win a signed copy of a book by each of the authors in this year’s tour! Plus £200 of free books for your school.

Supported by the Times Educational Supplement

Our Judges

We’ve asked writer Clare Farrow and musician Guo Yue, whose moving, uplifting book Little Leap Forward is published by Barefoot Books, to set you a creative challenge that will inspire you to get writing and drawing. So, get ready and put your thinking caps on, because Clare and Yue will be waiting to choose the winning entries.

More about Clare Farrow & Guo Yue

What do I have to do?

The heart of Clare Farrow and Guo Yue’s story Little Leap Forward is one of freedom, so think about what freedom means to you, and write a story, it can be short or long, but not too long! about it. If you’d like to, feel free to illustrate it with your own drawings, you can use felt tips, crayons or paints, it’s up to you.

How to enter

You must be resident in the UK and fall into one of these two age categories:

  • Under 8 years old
  • 8-11 years old

You must include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age

Send your entries to:

The Children's Bookshow

9A Peploe Road



Closing date:

Thursday, 31st January 2019

Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

Instructions form part of the rules. The winning entry is the one judged to be the best and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

The winners for each category will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the writers and illustrators plus £200 of books for their school. The two runners-up in each category will receive copies of Little Leap Forward signed by Yue and Clare.

Calling all budding writers!

As a budding writer, would you – and this includes your teacher too – like to practise your skills and think about reviewing for the TES? If so, just send a note to and you could be asked by the TES to write a review for a recently published book for them which would appear on their website. Have a look now at the TES website to see what’s involved. Put Book Review in the subject line.

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