15 August 2018
You Choose and Bear Competition

You could win your idea drawn by iconic illustrator Nick Sharratt, plus a year’s supply of tasty BEAR Alphabites cereal, signed copies of You Choose and You Choose in Space and a great big bundle of other Puffin Books!

Please note this competition is open to children aged 12 and under, and a parent, guardian or teacher will need to enter on the child’s behalf.

All you have to do is use your imagination and draw a character or submit a very short story (maximum of 300 words). We recommend drawing a character for littler ones (under 6), and writing down your story for older ones (age 6-12) – but both categories are open to all. Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt will be judging the shortlist and picking their favourite from each age category.

Your story can be anything you like – we won’t be judging on handwriting – we’ll be looking for creativity and imagination! And for drawing your character we will also be looking for the most creative entries. This can be a character from a story you’ve made up in your head, a creature or an imaginary person you might like to be friends with. Remember to give your character a name!

If you’d like a helping hand with getting your story or character drawing started, check out these BEARilliant activity sheets to give you some helpful pointers along the way!

Download: Entry form | Activity sheets | Creative writing booklet

Click here to enter

You can also submit your entries by post to:

BEAR & Puffin’s Big Book Club

BEAR’s Reading Cave

PO Box 73589

London SE1P 5FP

Check out these tips and tricks for creating characters and stories…

Good luck!


  1. No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw.
  2. This promotion is open to residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland aged 16 years or over with the exception of employees of Penguin Books Ltd, BEAR Nibbles Ltd (Promoter) or any of the Promoter’s group companies, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  3. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on 12th November 2018. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries and entries via agents or third parties are invalid and shall not be considered. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
  4. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.
  5. All correctly completed entries will be judged by Puffin Books and BEAR Nibbles and a selected shortlist will be judged by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart. There will be two winners: one for the younger age group (under 6 years of age) and one for the older age group (age 6-12). If writing a story, it can be about anything you like – and it won’t be judged on handwriting – we’ll be looking for creativity and imagination. If drawing a character, we will also be looking for the most creative entries. This can be a character from a story you’ve made up in your head, or a creature or an imaginary person you might like to be friends with. Remember to give your character a name.
  6. Then parents /guardian/teacher of the child must upload the child’s entry and fill in the parent/guardian/teacher’s details via the online form found at http://po.st/YouChooseBear. Alternatively parents/guardian/teacher of the child can post the child’s entry using the Short Story or Character entry form found on the web page along with parent/guardian/teacher’s personal details, including name, age, address and email address to: BEAR & Puffin’s Big Book Club, BEAR’s Reading Cave, PO Box 73589, London SE1P 5FP. Entries submitted electronically must be in jpeg form. Story entries can also be copy and pasted or typed directly into the ‘My Story’ text box.
  7. All correctly completed entries will be forwarded to a judging panel made up of Puffin Books, BEAR Nibbles and an independent judge and a selected shortlist will be judged by Nick Sharratt, Pippa Goodhart and an independent judge. The winner will be the entry that in the opinion of the judges is the most creative and imaginative.
  8. The prize for two winners (one from the younger age group and one from the older age group) is:
    ·      A personalised illustration drawn by Nick Sharratt
    ·      A year’s supply of BEAR Alphabites cereal
    ·      Signed copies of You Choose and You Choose in Space
    ·      A collection of Puffin books
  9.  The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  10.  If the entrant is a teacher, it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that they   have obtained written permission from the parent/legal guardian of the child for the child to submit their story/picture into this competition in order to be in with a chance of winning the aforementioned prize in accordance with these terms and conditions.  Entrants must provide proof of this written permission to the Promoter if requested. 
  11. The prizes are non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  12. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
  13. The winner will be notified via email or post by 12th December 2018. The winner must claim their prize within 30 days of the Promoter sending a notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
  14. By entering this competition parent/guardian confirms that the child’s entry is their wholly-owned creation and to the extent that such entry makes use of any third party materials that these have been fully cleared unless they are no longer protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights.  Entrants will keep the Promoter harmless from any claims in relation to their entry that the entry infringes the personal or proprietary right of any other person.  By submitting an entry, each entrant (or their parent/guardian on their behalf) grants to the Promoter a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry throughout the world in any media now known or hereafter invented. Each entrant (or their parent/guardian on their behalf) undertakes to complete any necessary documentation to formalise the licence. If you do not want to grant us these rights, please do not submit materials to us.
  15. To obtain details of the winner please email puffin@penguin.co.uk stating the name of the competition in the subject heading 4 weeks after the closing date.
  16. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of running the competition as detailed in these terms and conditions.  Details on how we process the personal data of entrants can be found in our Privacy Policy (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/PrivacyPolicy/)
  17. The winners agree to take part in reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
  18. Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in Promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in Promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the competition, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants or a representative of Promoter. 
  19. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  20. The Promoter is Penguin Books Limited 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL and BEAR, The Emerson Building, 4-8 Emerson Street, London, SE1 9DU.
  21. These terms and conditions are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

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