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Aspiring young authors are being given the chance to see their work produced as part of a prestigious story-writing competition.

Back by popular demand, the Silentnight Book At Bedtime initiative is now in its sixth year.

Designed to celebrate shared bed-time reading and imaginative writing, it is open to children aged between six and 11 across the UK. They’re being asked to submit an original story featuring the company’s much-loved Hippo and Duck characters and be in with a chance of bagging a highly original prize.

Ten finalists will see their work broadcast to the nation, narrated by award-winning author, Jeremy Strong and the public will be able to listen to the stories and vote for their favourite. The bedtime story with the most votes will be made into a unique, illustrated printed book for them to keep, and made available as an exclusive, downloadable e-book too.

The winner and their family will also enjoy a stay at the Pyjama Suite at The Alton Towers Hotel and all 10 finalists will also receive a Silentnight Healthy Growth bed.

Jeremy Strong explains: “I know from previous years that this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of our amazing, young creative talents – and the entries are always of a very high standard. Last year we received more than 1,400 stories so we’re hoping to see even more this time.

“As well as highlighting how much young people enjoy imaginative writing, the competition is a great chance to talk about the importance of bed-time reading and sharing that very special time with your children.”

Entries can be submitted at www.silentnight.co.uk/bookatbedtime or by post and must be received by 2pm on July 5. Voting for the 10 selected finalists will begin on July 26 and will close midnight August 24.

For full entry information please visit: www.silentnight.co.uk/bookatbedtime.