Library News: Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition 2023

This week we will be introducing the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition in the Library. Indeed, we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have four published authors in our own school. This year, we would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephen’s to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print! Winning stories will be published in an anthology with a cover designed by illustrator and author Marion Deuchars. The anthology will be introduced by Katya Balen, author of The Light in Everything and OctoberOctober (and winner of The Carnegie Medal!).

How do I submit? You should email your story as an attachment to by Friday 20th January. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached. Eg: Sally- Y4 Rosen (Age 9). The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.

Results will be announced in April 2023 and winning stories will be published in during summer term. A copy of all entries will be kept in the school Library as a keepsake for the children to read.