Bedtime Story Competition

Enter our  Bedtime Story Competition,  inspired by our current series of online Bedtime Stories performed by Dorset artist, Michele O'Brien.

Not only do we think bedtime stories can be the best part of the day for lots of children but also for parents. 

As part of our ‘It’s All About You!’ #Lockdown themed creative engagement programme we are giving you the opportunity to be creative and write your very own Bedtime Story with the winning story performed by one of our associate artists from Black Cherry Theatre Company.

Research tells us that sadly fewer and fewer children are going to bed with a bedtime story, so we thought we would do something about it!  We are inviting YOU to write a bedtime story of your very own and to help you do this we will be inviting our story tellers to give you some top tips on how to do this. Check out the  video below.

There are no age restrictions and you may want to team up with your household and do this as a family project.  So, watch out for our  storytelling workshops  on social media keep watching our Sunday evening Bedtime stories and get even more inspiration. 

All you have to do is read the Conditions of Entry, give your story a title and submit it with your name, contact number, email address and social media handles to by midnight Tuesday 21 July 2020. 

Stories must be typed and no more than 2500 words.



Conditions of Entry

The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English aged 5 years to 100+ years, at the time of the closing date.  Entries must be entirely your own work and NOT previously published, self-published, or published on any online platform, broadcast or have won or been placed (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in any other competition.

Please submit your story via email to with your name, contact number, email address and social media handles.  Submit your story as a Microsoft Word document and the maximum file size is 2Mb.  The file name should be the title of the story followed by author/s name/s.

Length: maximum 2500 words, no minimum.  Use any font, 12pt, black double line spaced and number the pages. Failure to follow submission instructions will result in disqualification.

Entries can be on any subject relevant to a bedtime story and in any style or form and you can enter more than once if you wish.

The judges’ decision is final, and no individual correspondence can be entered into.  Judges are unable to comment on entries.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Lighthouse Poole has unrestricted rights to publish the winning stories and any extracts from the opening chapters along with any other relevant promotional material.  Lighthouse Poole will commission a Lighthouse Associate Artist to perform at least one of the winning stories which will be uploaded to its social media platforms and website.

Winners will be notified by email on or before 31 July 2020.