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 We love stories! And we’re inviting you to make up your own, as part of the 2023 Stepping Into Stories Kids’ Lit Fest 

The theme this year is 'ALL ABOARD!' - whatever that means to you! 


A new departure? A journey of discovery? A daydream that takes you somewhere imaginary? A camel ride? A piggy back? Perhaps your story will feature an epic train journey? Or maybe it will be a story about how you are feeling as you travel through different situations? Or it could be about a journey through time and space! 

It can be funny, an adventure, fantasy - anything you like. 


If you're excited and what to be part of the competition, here's HOW TO ENTER:


Create Your Story! 

All you have to do is create a story with the theme of 'All Aboard!'.

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 +

TO ENTER simply, download our entry form here or collect a copy from Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop, 25 Half Moon Lane, London, SE24 9JU

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

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

Make sure you remember the deadline for submitting stories: 6th January 2023


There are lots of lovely 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.

Prizes will be awarded by the incredible Louie Stowell at 2:45pm on Saturday 4th February 2023 in Station Hall, Herne Hill as part of the Stepping Into Stories Kids' Lit Fest.


Good luck and happy story making!

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.  

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