Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales Competition

You could be a published writer!

Enter your story for a chance of featuring in our new book, Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales from the Past

Scholastic has teamed up with Children’s Books Ireland to launch a search for a new young Irish or British writer.

  • Do you love writing stories?
  • Do you have a fascinating family story to tell about your family?
  • Are you between 7-14 years old?

Why not enter our writing competition and see your story published in a new book?

Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales from the Past will be an inspiring new book of stories based on real historical events that celebrate and share Irish experiences. We are looking for own voices to tell their stories.

The competition will be judged by a panel including an editor from Scholastic Children’s Books and author Rachel Pierce.

The winning story will be included in the published book and the writer will receive a huge inclusive collection of books for their school. Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales from the Past will publish in the UK in September 2022.

Stories must be:

  • By writers aged 7-14
  • 1,500 words maximum
  • Based on real history – perhaps based on your family or local history near to you
  • Submitted by entrants (or their parents) by 14th February 2022 to with the subject line ‘Bedtime Stories entry for Incredible Irish Tales from the Past’
  • Only successful entrants will be contacted. T&Cs apply.

Here are some story-starter ideas for inspiration!

Things to think about:

  • Tell a story that you think is important for others to hear.
  • Talk to your family for ideas.
  • Explore your local area’s history for any hidden stories.
  • Write about something that you want to know more about.

Story starter sentences:

  • Once upon a time, there was a …
  • One of the most interesting things about …
  • You will never guess what happened!
  • Despite the fact that…
  • I must tell you about…