Calling all writers and illustrators

Henley Literary Festival have announced Creative Competitions for school children, designed to get your imaginative brains whirring.

Budding writers are encouraged to write a story or poem of up to 500 words and for all the artists out there, we have an illustration competition too!

The competitions will be judged in three categories: 4+, 6+ and 9+, with the shortlisted entries being judged by former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

For the chance to win £50 worth of books for your school library, a signed copy of Chris Riddell’s book and a Bell Bookshop voucher, send your entry to

To view the application form click here

Get your pencils out – the deadline to enter is Monday 16th August!

We have an exciting Children’s Festival line-up jam-packed with fun children’s events with authors and illustrators including Sir Michael Morpurgo, Rob Biddulph, Serena Patel, Clare Balding, Joe Wicks, Chris Riddell, Liz Pichon and many more. Tickets are now on sale.​ Click here to book tickets now.