We love stories! And we’re inviting you to make up one of your own, as part of the Herne Hill Kids’ Lit Fest.

Now that our lives are slowly returning to normal, we decided our theme for 2022 should be ‘Bouncing Back!’. 

Perhaps your story will feature something that bounces and leaps and can never stay still? Or maybe it will be a story about how you are feeling now you can be out and about again? It can be funny, an adventure, fantasy...whatever you like.

You can make your story in any way you want to - drawing, writing, comic strip, drama, poetry, rap, digital animation - just as long as it fits on the entry form below. Or if it’s a film or recording, make sure it’s no longer than two minutes.


There are three age categories: 

  • 4 - 7 years

  • 8 - 11 years

  • 12 + 


There are book token prizes to be won: £25 for first place; £15 for second place; £10 for third place. And as an extra prize, the winner of each age group will also be given a bundle of books for their school.


Are you excited and want to enter?

  1. Download our entry form here or collect a copy from Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop, 25 Half Moon Lane, London, SE24 9JU

  2. Create your story and fill in the entry form (or create a recording)

  3. Return your completed entry form to Tales on Moon Lane Bookshop - or email your files to us here

  4. Make sure you remember the deadline for submitting stories: Friday 14th January 2022

  5. And guess who gets to choose the winners? Yes, it’s Chloë Inkpen! Chloë will be announcing the winners and awarding prizes at 3pm on Saturday 5th February 2022 in Station Hall, Herne Hill


In 2020, seventy ‘Stepping Into Stories’ competition entries were received and seventeen prizes were awarded! Former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, and his daughter, illustrator Katy Riddell, awarded the prizes in front of a packed Station Hall audience. It was a truly inspirational day for all the children taking part.