Reading for Pleasure Awards - How to enter

Reading for Pleasure Awards - How to enter


What are the different award categories?

We run 6 different award categories to give teachers at all stages of their career and working in all different settings the chance to win. The categories include:

  • Early Career Teacher (0-3 years in teaching)

  • Experienced Teacher (3 years plus)

  • Whole School

  • School Reading Champion (e.g., Librarians/other educators)

  • Community Reading Champion (immediate and/or wider community, from local area to local authority)

  • HarperCollins Author’s Choice Award, chosen by the guest judge as their personal favourite and will win a virtual visit from that author.

Enter to be in with a chance of being recognised by experts in children’s reading for pleasure!

What do I need to do? 

Enter by submitting a research-informed case study on how children have been encouraged to read for pleasure in your classroom, school, or wider community. The best submissions include detail regarding the context of your intervention and the research that has inspired you. 

The case study should be a minimum of 1000 words, maximum of 1500 words and should include details on the context of the study, the research inspiration and rationale, as well as the aims and objectives. You then need to provide an outline of your intervention, evidence of the impact, and your reflections on the whole initiative.  

Please download either a PowerPoint or Word template here:  

Word entry form

PowerPoint entry form


How do I submit my entry? 

To submit your entry, please ensure it’s marked ‘Submission for HarperCollins RfP award’ and uploaded via  Share your practice – Reading for Pleasure (

If you do not already have one, you will be asked to register for a free account as part of the submission process 

Entries for the 2024 awards closed on Friday 3rd May 2024. Check back in October 2024 for 2025. Stay tuned for updates! 


What could I win? 

Aside from the kudos for being an amazing advocate for reading for pleasure?  

Each winner of the 2024 awards will receive £250 worth of books for their school. Winners can choose the books they want from our extensive range at Farshore, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Collins and Barrington Stoke.  

In addition, winners will receive 20 copies of Help Your Child Love Reading by our Consumer Insights Director, Alison David, as well as a trophy and a framed certificate. 


Who are the judges? 

Winners are selected by a panel of expert judges from across the education and publishing sectors. Our fantastic 2024 judges include:  

  • Joy Court, Co-founder: All Around Reading 

  • Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education, The Open University 

  • Alison David, Consumer Insight Director, Farshore 

  • Martin Galway, Head of School Programmes, National Literacy Trust 

  • Cally Poplak, Executive Publisher, HCCB and Farshore 

  • David Reedy, UK Literacy Association 

  • Hannah Gold, Children’s Author 


Any top tips? 

Take note of these three top tips from our judges to increase your chance of winning! 

  1. Follow the guidance – seems easy, but don’t forget to make sure your submission meets all the requirements.

  2. Don’t go over the word count! While we love reading here at HarperCollins, unfortunately your submission will not be considered if you exceed 1,500 words.

  3. And finally, select photos carefully, choosing only those that demonstrate your work.