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We love stories! And we’re inviting you to make up your own, as part of the Stepping Into Stories Kids’ Lit Fest 

The theme this year is 'ROOTED DEEP, BRANCHING FAR' - whatever that means to you! 


Rooted deep in family, friendships, community, school, nature? Branching far through courage, imagination, hope, curiosity, adversity?  


Your story can be funny, an adventure, fantasy - anything you like. 

If you're excited and want to be part of the competition then watch our video and scroll down for how to enter.

Create Your Story! 

All you have to do is create a story with the theme of 'ROOTED DEEP, BRANCHING FAR.

You can make your story in any way you want to - drawing, writing, comic strip, drama, poetry, rap, digital animation - just as long as it fits on a single page of paper, or if it’s a film or recording, make sure it’s no longer than two minutes.

There are three age categories:

4 - 7 years
8 - 11 years

12 + years


Create your story ( or create a recording)


Fill in the online form and upload your entry  here

Make sure you remember the deadline for submitting stories:

12th January 2024


There are lots of lovely book token prizes to be won: £25 for first place; £15 for second place; £10 for third place. And as an extra prize, the winner of each age group will also be given a bundle of books for their school.

Prizes will be awarded at
2:30pm on Saturday 3rd February 2024 in Station Hall, Herne Hill as part of the Stepping Into Stories Kids' Lit Fest.


Good luck and happy story making!

“I am so proud of her, as is her school, where they announced the news in assembly and all her friends cheered for her and everyone kept congratulating her!”

parent of competition entrant


“Thank you for helping us to build his confidence and inspire him to great things!”

parents of competition entrant

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Louie Stowell celebrating our competition winners in 2023

With thanks to our supporters

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