Tall Tales Short Stories Competition

Calling all kids!



Legendary author, Professor Von Learning Pool needs your help!

On a quest to find the world’s most magnificent mythical creatures for upcoming book, ‘Tall Tales’, the Professor is running out of time. This is where you come in! With the publishing deadline fast approaching, enter into the Professor’s magical world of myths and legends and let your imagination take you on a fantastical adventure of tall tales.

We are asking you to write a short story of no more than 500 words based on a mythical character of your choice. Whether it’s a shy dragon or a surfing mermaid, a silly werewolf or a scary fairy, we want to read your story. If you’re feeling really creative, send us a picture of your character to bring your story to life.

To help you get started, Professor Von Learning Pool has been hard at work in the Story Lab and has provided some useful tips here.


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Who should enter?

Our Tall Tales competition is open to children between the ages of 7 and 12. Entry will be in two age categories: ages 7 to 9 years and 10 to 12 years. A first prize winner from each category will receive £200 and four additional prizes of £100 will be awarded to runners-up in both age categories. Prize winners and runners-up will have their story published, with all royalties on the sale of the book (estimated between 20-34% of the sale price) donated to Make-A-Wish International.


Make-A-Wish International creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 40,000 volunteers around the globe, Make-A-Wish International delivers hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. For more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org.


Enter today!

To enter, ask an adult (parent, guardian or teacher) to submit your story here:

Closing date for entries is 21st January 2022. Good luck!


Full terms and conditions can be found here.

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