To help celebrate Christmas this year, we have launched the search for a modern day version of Twas the Night Before Christmas as a gift to families for bedtime reading this Christmas Eve. Writers all over the UK can submit their own version of the Christmas Eve classic, with the winning entry to be illustrated by a professional and shared with a potential audience of millions ahead of bedtime reading this Christmas Eve.

Twas the Night Before Christmas, written by Clement Clarke Moore, was first published in 1823 and is still read in many households across the world. Nearly 200 years on, we have announced that we are looking for the modern day equivalent to this Christmas Eve classic – launching the career of a fledgling storyteller and rewarding him or her in the process.

“The fact that there are so many versions of Twas the Night Before Christmas available on the Amazon store is testament to the popularity of the story,” said Amy Worth, UK Kindle Content Director, Amazon. “We want people to continue to read this tale forevermore, and we believe that by creating a modern day equivalent, we will be able to launch the career of an aspiring storyteller.”

The writing competition is open to all adults across the UK, from now until 27 November. The winning story will be turned into a book and illustrated by esteemed illustrator Aless Baylis. The new tale will be published and made available for free on Kindle devices, as well as the free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android and more, ahead of Christmas. The winning author will also receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, a top of the range Fire tablet and royalties from the book for years to come following the initial five-day giveaway.

As a part of our goal to empower writers, the story will be published through Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon’s independent publishing programme which enables authors to retain their copyrights, keep control, distribute globally, and earn royalties of up to 70%.

Think you have what it takes to write a modern day Christmas tale, click here for more information: