National Book Tokens

If you have a question about the National Book Tokens and Puffin Big Dreamers Writing Competition, please get in touch. Give as much information as possible so we can help you.

Please note that entries cannot be accepted via this form. 


  • There are three age ranges: 6-10, 11-14, and 15-18. Please ensure you submit according to the child's age at the time of entry. For children aged 6-15, entries must be submitted by an adult over the age of 18. Entrants aged 16-17 may submit their own story. 
  • If you are submitting on behalf of more than one child, please submit each story separately.  
  • The theme of the short story competition is "Big Dreams". The child can be as creative with this theme as they wish. 
  • Submitted stories should be a maximum of 300 words and a minimum of 50 words. The story's title is not included in the word count.  
  • Closing date for submission is 11:59pm on Thursday 28th May 2020. 
  • Winners will be announced at the online Puffin Festival of Big Dreams on Sunday 14th June 2020, and on the National Book Tokens website. 
  • Short stories must be submitted by

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