Enter our children's
short story competition!
(Competition over - winners announced)

Get published with Pickatale and win an iPad!

To celebrate World Book Day, we’re launching our biggest ever competition for kids!

We’re asking children up to the age of 12 to submit a short story to us – your story can be about absolutely anything and could even feature our Pickatale parrot! Whether you love robots, animals, superheroes, dinosaurs or cakes, simply use your imagination and start writing! Find handy tips and tricks to help you write your story on our blog here.

There will be two short story age categories: ages 0-7 and 8-12. We will be picking three winners from each of them!

The winner from each category will have their short story turned into a fully illustrated interactive book that will be published on both the Pickatale for Families and Pickatale for Schools app. They will also win an iPad and an annual subscription to the Pickatale for Families app. The two runners up from each age category will also win an annual subscription to the Pickatale for Families app.

How to enter
You must get permission from your parent/guardian to enter this UK only competition. Once you have their seal of approval, simply submit your own short story in the form at the bottom of this website page along with your first name, age and parent/guardian’s e-mail address.

The story must be no less than 300 words and no more than 1,000 words. It must also be written in English.

This competition closes on Thursday 15 April. The winners will be picked by our panel of judges and contacted on Friday 14 May.

Meet our panel of judges!

Find out more

"A little magic can take you a long way."

Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach


1st Prize:
An iPad
A year’s subscription to Pickatale
Your short story turned into an interactive book on Pickatale

2nd & 3rd prize:
A year’s subscription to Pickatale


Enter our short story competition! (Winners announced!)

It’s great that you want to enter our competition - please ask your parent or guardian to fill out this form for you