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Mumsnet /Walker books bedtime stories competition - winners announced. Now read the blog from Walker book editorial team about creating the book.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Sep-12 11:42:28

Do you secretly have a book inside you? Would you like to see it published?

Enter the Walker Books/Mumsnet writing competition and your story could be included in an illustrated gift book of Bedtime Stories for the under-sevens. For your chance to be considered, submit your original manuscript of up to 1,500 words by 30 November 2012.

Over the next month we're going running some Q&A sessions and webchats with children's book authors and will keep you posted about this on this thread

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Apr-13 13:01:13

Walker books editorial team have updated the blog and you can now read about the process of editing the winning stories for the Mumsnet book of bedtime stories:

Walker books editorial team blog

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Feb-13 11:50:40

The ten winning stories have now been chosen by Head of Judging panel, Michael Rosen. Congratulations to all the winners whose stories will be published in Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories by Walker books in the Autumn. The winning stories are:

Polly the Jumping Cow by Jools Abrams-Humphries
Bedtime at the Lighthouse by Philip Bell
Time for Bed by Michelle Eckhaus
The Night Thief and the Moon by Katherine Latham
A Parcel for Theo by Claire McCauley
Princess Imogen's Independent Day by Christine O'Neill
The Dancing Bear by Suzy Robinson
The Sheriff of Rusty Nail by Sophie Wills
Celeste Who Sang to the Stars by Kate Wilson
Allie to the Rescue by Helen Yendall

See the Winners' page for more information and Walker books blog to read more about the selection process.

HumpheadWrasse Mon 18-Feb-13 18:18:27


Is there any news on the final ten for this competition? I'm sure I had 18th Feb in my head for some reason but may have dreamt that as I can't see it anywhere now. Or have MN just contacted the winners directly? I doubt there was much chance of my story making it through, but if it did it would have made my dreams come true to have a published story, so I'm on tenterhooks. Anyone else heard anything?

mellowcat Mon 28-Jan-13 20:09:10

A huge well done to all those shortlisted and good luck in the final stage!

hellymart Mon 28-Jan-13 17:16:05

Thank you very much for publishing the shortlisted stories, as promised, today and putting us all out of our misery. I am chuffed to be amongst the 20. Good luck to everyone for the final judging and thanks to Mumsnet and Walkers for changing the decision on the final 10 from a voting system which, I agree, could be open to vote rigging!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Jan-13 16:02:23

Big congratulations to the twenty authors from Mumsnet and Gransnet who have been shortlisted in our Bedtime Stories Competition with Walker books. The stories have now all been sent to author and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen who will be judging the final stage of the comp and picking the ten winning stories that will feature in the Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories, published by Walker books in the Autumn.

The twenty shortlisted stories are:

A Parcel for Theo – Claire McCauley
Allie to the Rescue - Helen Yendall
An Elephant Lived Upstairs – David Hughes
Bedtime at the Lighthouse - Philip Bell
Celeste Who Sang to the Stars - Kate Wilson
Hannah and the Seals – Sara Huckett
Peacock, Owl and Parmesan Cheese – Rachel Rowlands
Polly the Jumping Cow – Jools Abrams-Humphries
Princess Imogen's Independent Day - Christine O’Neill
The Adventure of Brave Hannah – Imogen Potter
The Dancing Bear - Suzy Robinson
The Dusty Kitten – Emily Fellah
The Hedgehog Who Wouldn’t Sleep – Alison Webb
The Night Thief and the Moon – Katherine Latham
The Sheriff of Rusty Nail – Sophie Wills
The Sun and the Moon – Jo Dearden
The Treasuresaurus – Amy Firth
Time for Bed - Angela Michelle Eckhaus
Too Many Meerkats! – Jane Heinrichs
When You Dream – Cathy Rushworth

icepole Mon 28-Jan-13 14:57:06

Any news yet?

notactuallyme Mon 28-Jan-13 09:38:47

Oooh bumping to mark place - good luck everyone! Thanks for changing the voting system.

DovCitron Sun 27-Jan-13 19:08:39

Where do I need to look to see it the short list for this competition tomorrow and when tomorrow will it be announced?

artifarti Wed 02-Jan-13 16:02:34

Thanks for changing and clarifying MNHQ smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Jan-13 12:51:36

Again thanks for all your feedback on this thread. We've now looked at the judging mechanism internally and with Walker books and we think the objectors to the voting element of the comp have got a point and that there would be a chance of vote rigging (we're thinking back to Christopher Maloney's X-Factor survival smile. We've decided that the top ten stories will now not be selected by public voting. The judging panel will agree on the 20 shortlisted stories and, as chair of the judging panel, Michael Rosen will select the final ten stories for publication.

We think this is fairer and avoids any possibility or accusation of vote-rigging. We'll be announcing the 20 shortlisted stories in 'Winners corner' on 28th January as planned and the ten winners very soon after.

Here are the updated Ts & Cs and for those who entered - we're loving reading the stories.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Dec-12 09:56:03

The competition is now closed. As Helen said, apologies for not spotting the questions on here before. The plan is definitely that the 20 shortlisted stories will be anonymous. We're going to be talking to Walker books later this week and will come back once we've had chance to go through the questions raised on this thread with answers and details of exactly how the judging process and voting mechanism is going to work.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Nov-12 16:18:16

Hello. Sorry not to have posted before now but we've only just become aware there were some new questions on here.

We haven't finalised the mechanics for the voting yet. But when we do so, we will, of course, be as mindful as possible of the various potential problems.

We'll post again when we know a bit more.

pofacedalways Fri 30-Nov-12 14:59:17


pofacedalways Fri 30-Nov-12 13:39:34

This is not the way the haiku competition in 2010 was judged. it was judged by Carol Ann Duffy.

pofacedalways Fri 30-Nov-12 13:38:48

oh I entered but now worried that it will come down for an MN vote. Even if anonymous there will ways of finding out and be bound to be much nepotism. Reconsider this please MN.

CMH71 Fri 30-Nov-12 12:45:06

Numbering will probably not work, all people have to do is tell their friends to vote for my story it's called "-----", or it's about "------".

artifarti Fri 30-Nov-12 12:36:46

I've reported my own post (above), telling MN that there's some concern...

Clawdy Fri 30-Nov-12 11:58:02

Shouldn't the stories for voting be on the site with a number,not a name? That seems fairer. Has there been a response from Mumsnet about this issue?

CMH71 Fri 30-Nov-12 11:29:20

I have entered also after finding out about Mumsnet from my partner. Was a little concerned about the T&C's like some of the others, but the chance of being published is worth letting one story go, though I did find it hard as a lot of my stories are inspired by my two children.

For the voting, would it not be better to ask any local school/s near the Mumsnet HQ to vote for their favourites from the shortlisted 20, after all they are who we are all writing for?

Cat98 Tue 27-Nov-12 22:00:34

I've entered smile
I am also a bit meh about the whole voting thing though. If my story is shortlisted (really not likely so I don't know why I'm even thinking about it!) I won't be plugging it or asking people to "vote for me" so I've got no chance! Surely the people with the most internet friends will win!

ssaw2012 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:31:34

artifarti, thanks but it is a very important issue. Imagine someone asks his/her friends to vote for the story. I certainly know that it is possible to join the Mumsnet even if you are not pregnant. Think of the Facebook friends. There could be lots of cheating. I know it is because I have been asked to do it by my relatives although it was on environmental project. I guess mumsnet cannot do anything about it.
X-factor voting comes to my mind.

artifarti Sat 24-Nov-12 14:53:23

ssaw - yes, there was some discussion of this up thread but MN never got back to us about it...

ssaw2012 Sat 24-Nov-12 13:44:03

What if someone has many friends on mumsnet who can vote for the story? Is it fair? How can mumsnet know whether the voting was transparent?

PeahenTailFeathers Thu 22-Nov-12 06:29:17

Thank goodness for that. I've no chance, to be fair, but I had fun writing it grin. Good luck to everyone smile.

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