Get your clue featured in the Hidden Books Game

Our popular bookish brainteaser gets bibliophiles around the nation figuring out the hidden book titles. Congratulations to Rebecca M. from Aberdeen and Libby W. from Essex who created clues for last year's game. 


One lucky Caboodler will get the chance to see their clue designed and featured in this year's Hidden Books Game, and win a £100/€115 National Book Token to spend in their favourite bookshop.

To enter, you just need to describe to us – in no more than 50 words – what your clue would look like (and give us the answer so we can judge whether or not we think it’s a good 'un!). Here are some tips to get started:

  • We're looking for clues for the biggest and newest books – published within the past five years – that you’ve loved reading recently, or contemporary books you haven't stopped hearing about.
  • Adventure! Travel! Journey! Think about signposts, road signs and other signage – many of our clues will be along this theme.
  • Last year, the game featured a newspaper, a pile of books, and some pyramid sandcastles – can you think of a clue that could be an object in a scene?
  • What's on your shelves? Your clue could be for the biggest book in science fiction, the best in modern crime, or the most page-turning literary fiction you've read recently.
  • Check out the answers for the past few Hidden Books Games for inspiration.

    Thank you - this competition has now closed. The winner will be contacted as soon as we've looked through everyone's ideas!

Terms and Conditions

1 x winner will receive a £100/€115 National Book Token and have the chance to see their clue designed and featured in this year's Hidden Books Game

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Entrants can submit up to five entries, each for a different clue. Multiple entries for the same clue from the same entrant will not be accepted.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.
  • Closing date 11:59pm, Thursday 20th June 2019.
  • We will contact the winner via the email address they provide upon entering. The winner must reply within 14 days.
  • By entering, you are giving permission to Book Tokens Ltd. to use your clue in the Hidden Books Game, in materials promoting the game, for use in trade or national press, in social media activity, on National Book Tokens' websites, and so on.
  • The winning clue is not guaranteed be featured in the final Hidden Books Game design, which is at the discretion of the Book Tokens Ltd. team. A £100/€115 National Book Token prize will be awarded to the winner regardless of whether or not the clue is used.
  • In the event that a clue does not win this competition but is used in the game, the entrant may be awarded a £10/€15 National Book Token reward at the discretion of Book Tokens Ltd.
  • The prize and reward(s) will only be awarded if the entire entry (book title, author, and exact clue description) are used in the game.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. reserve the right to use book titles or ideas which may be similar to those by entrants, but not matching in their entirety, without administrering any reward to those entrants.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association, Book Tokens Ltd and employees of participating bookshops.
  • Entrants must be aged 13 or over as of Tuesday 22nd May 2019.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.
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