Competitions and Giveaways

BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Competition Winners Announced

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BBC Radio 2’s short story competition ‘500 Words’ has been running for 8 years now- this year headed by Radio 2 Breakfast host Chris Evans. The competition is for children aged between 5 and 13 years, and this year was supported by Oxford University Press to reach over 20,000 schools.

500 Words 2018 has set another record for entries: this year saw over 135,000 people enter with their stories. The stories were read by a team of 5000 volunteers- librarians and teachers from around the UK- before being pared down to the Top 50 by The Reading Agency. The panel of judges, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, had the gruelling task then of selecting three winners from two age categories (5-9 years and 10-13 years).

The final was presented by BBC’s Chris Evans, and was an exciting and glamorous day of live music and story-telling. The six winners were announced on BBC Radio 2 by British and Irish funnymen, David Walliams and Dara O’Briain. There was also music from John Newman, Alexandra Burke and Bastille to round off the celebrations.

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Amazon Launch ‘A Christmas Carol’ Short Story Competition

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Calling all writers, particularly those of short stories. Amazon has launched a Christmas writing competition, open to all adult UK residents, in search of a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. The winner will receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, and see their story published in time for Christmas! Read More

Hairy Faerie Poetry Competition

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The Hairy Faerie

We have another competition for you, we are giving away two copies of The Hairy Faerie by Joseph and Sparkle D’Lacey. This is Joseph’s first foray into Children’s Literature and I have to say it’s really good.

Joseph (and Sparkle of course) have kindly given us two copies of The Hairy Faerie to give away as competition prizes. All you need is a child aged between 5 and 9 (we’d prefer you to have got them in a legitimate manner, no kidnapping please) and we’ll tell you what they need to do in a moment.
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Competition: Love in Eleven Winners

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A couple of weeks ago we hosted our Love in Eleven competition over on Facebook and firstly I’d like to say thank you to all who entered and apologise for the delay in announcing the results. Let me explain.

Immediately after the competition ended I announced the results in a preliminary post on Facebook as I usually do but when counting the votes I noticed that two stories in particular had many, many more votes than the others. I also noticed that one of the winning stories had quite a large typo in it. Although I thought it a little odd, I didn’t give it too much thought, you guys vote for the winners and while they aren’t always my favourites, that’s fine. Read More

Competition: Love in Eleven

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We have a bundle of freebies to give away this week and as we know how much you love our creative competitions it’s time for the next one! Get your pencils out, it’s another teeny-tiny story competition and this time we want ‘Love in Eleven’, a love story in eleven words.

Your story must be precisely eleven words, any variations on this will be discounted. Winners will be decided based on the number of ‘likes’ your story gets on our Facebook page. This time we have three prize bundles to give away and these are shown below along with the competition rules and how to enter.

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Crossword Quest: Win Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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Crossword Quest

Henge is the first book in the Le Fay series by Realm Lovejoy and the author has kindly offered us a copy to give away to you! Henge is modern day Arthurian Legend and our competition is themed around the most famous British legend of them all. Can you complete the quest and win the prize?

We haven’t made them too difficult for you, and all answers are based either in Arthurian Legend, or relate to the prize to be given away.

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Signed Book Giveaway: Winner Announced

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Jacaranda Wife by Kendra Smith

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed our signed book giveaway competition to win the copy of Jacaranda Wife by Kendra Smith. There were lots and lots of entries and from those I have sorted out all of the correct entries (there were 11) and they all went into a hat, drawn out by my long suffering and roped in daughter in this very short and giggly giveaway draw.

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Newsletter Prize Draw

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Hello! This is just a quick post to say thank you to everyone who has subscribed to the For Reading Addicts Newsletter! By the time it was due to go out we had 409 subscribers, which is brilliant for such a short amount of notice time! I promised that everyone who signed up before the 1st July would be entered into a Poetic Pieces prize draw, so here we go…


Winner: Claire Knight, subscriber 236!


Well done Claire, we will e-mail you a formal notification of your prize and you will need to reply with your address.


Thank you to everyone who has subscribed, we are creeping up to 500 already! If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do so here.

I hope you enjoyed the first newsletter and will continue to stay tuned each month,





Signed Book Giveaway: Cover Art Competition

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Win a copy of Jacaranda Wife by Kendra Smith

This week we have a brand new competition and this time you’re going to need to puzzle your brains a little. Author Kendra Smith has kindly sent Reading Addicts a signed copy of her novel Jacaranda Wife and we’re going to give it away to one of you this week!

It’s a cover art competition this week and the theme is romance. Check out the twelve tiny snippets of cover art below and see if you can guess the novel, each one is a love story, but that’s your only clue!

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