Competition 2021

The Children’s Bookshow offers you a chance to win a signed copy of a book from each of the 16 writers and illustrators in this year’s Bookshow. Plus £250 of FREE books for your school library.

This year's Judge

We’ve asked writer Valerie Bloom, who moved from Jamaica in 1979 to find a new home in England, to judge our competition. Val’s new poetry book Stars With Flaming Tails was published by Otter-Barry Books in 2021.

More about Valerie Bloom

What do I have to do?

What we would like you to do is to write a story and illustrate it too with drawings made with coloured pencils, crayons, paint, felt tips, whatever you have to hand. The subject of the story is Home.

What does home mean to you? Where would it be if you had to run away with your family because your family was in danger? Could you all find a new place that you could call home?

The word home could include not only your family and the building you live in, but also your friends, the school you go to and the country you were born in. How would you go about making a home without some or all of these? Will it only be scary, or could it be exciting too, perhaps to learn a new language, eat different foods, make lovely new friends? Think hard about all of these things and then get your story down on paper, draw illustrations too if you would like to, and then send it to us. Valerie will be waiting to read and to judge your entries!

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

Submit your entries to: OR

Send your entries to:

The Children's Bookshow

9A Peploe Road



Closing date:

Tuesday, 30th November 2021

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 £250 of books for their school. The two runners-up in each category will receive copies of Stars With Flaming Tails signed by Valerie Bloom.