Congratulations to the 25 Selected Authors in our Father Christmas Bedtime Stories Book

Wow, well that was a whirlwind!

We had 230 stories submitted to this initiative and each one was read by four experienced readers before selecting the 25 to go into the book.

I plan to share an analysis of the experience in the coming days so we can all benefit from what we learned.


We have also just opened up bookings for our Christmas calls with Santa if you have kids or knows someone who would like this. All proceeds are going to help the London Screenwriters' festival. You can read more and book HERE.

The standard was high, though some repetition of ideas caused us to have to choose between stories that were similar. If you didn’t make the cut, remember it’s soooooo subjective too. It’s art and inescapable. If you wrote to a crazy deadline AND managed to get it submitted, that in itself is an accomplishment AND you created something that is now in the world. That’s marvellous.

But for now, lets ALL give the 25 who were selected a round of applause!

Drum roll please (and in no specific order)…

  • Ricardo Bravo, A Christmas Lesson from Timmy, the World's Smallest Giant
  • Carole Parsons, Amimej and the Back-to-Front Christmas
  • Cheryl Lang, The Lonely Christmas Tree
  • Harriet Barbir, Santaroo
  • Gillian Spiller, The Christmas Sock
  • Ruth Nolan, Rudolph's Nose
  • Dominic Brancaleone, A Bedtime Adventure
  • Maxine Lennon, He He He!
  • Hank Isaac, Santa... Really?
  • Helen Lusher, Hare And The Moon
  • Catherine Veitch, Shine Brightly
  • Rachael Howard, Pippin's Worry
  • Josh Shevill, Omega-Man, The (not so) Lonely Hero
  • Zanna Twist, Mittens and Mink Meet Santa!
  • Rachael Crofts, Cub's Christmas Tale
  • Fiona Hunnisett, Grace's Dad
  • Jen Lyon, Belle's Christmas Wish
  • Joelle Edwards, A Pinch of Christmas Courage
  • Jenny Heap, Christmas Eve at the Zoo
  • Jennifer Bozarth, Fidget the Elf
  • Cera Rose Pickering, Christmas Colours
  • Lucy Unwin, The Christmas Moon
  • Siân Rowland, The Littlest Shepherd
  • EV Parker, I Want
  • Nadya Thulin, Mr. Kris

These stories will all now feature in the book which is being put together by McKyla Cox in America... We will be deciding on the title today too.

Massive and I mean MASSIVE thanks and acknowledgement must go to the whole team who worked round the clock to read and asses everything.

So thank you Savannah Morgan, Elinor D. Perry-Smith, Emma Pullar, Lawrence Morgan and Mark Walker.

We will also be filming them in the coming days, with Michael van Koetsveld who will play our Santa, reading them aloud.

These Christmas films will be released one a day in the run up to the 25th of December, on the Facebook page and Youtube. And please do consider buying the book too, links will be going live in the next few days.

AMAZING and a testament to what is possible with a big goal, drive and a world class team as well as super talented writers.

Chris Jones


PS - Remember if you want a super special Zoom Call with Santa, you can book it HERE.

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Comments: 15
  • #1

    Ricardo Bravo (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 15:37)

    Awesome! This is so amazing. Thank you very much for the opportunity to share the adventures of Timmy, the world's smallest giant (the size of your ear). Timmy featured constantly during my kids' bedtime routine as they were growing up, so I just jumped in to the challenge. It also gave me the chance to re-live so many great memories of simpler pre-Covid times, when I had but a couple of minutes to come up with a new entertaining bedtime story.
    A special thanks to Chris and to all the readers who took on an extremely challenging task and somehow made it through to the other side still believing in the magic of Christmas. Kudos to you all.

  • #2

    Rachael Howard (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 16:22)

    Wow! So pleased. Will pop up and let Pippin know.
    Well done everyone, especially the team who worked flat out to bring this all together.
    Well done too if you managed to submit in the frighteningly short timescale we had. That is such an achievement.

  • #3

    Harriet Barbir (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 16:41)

    Wow. I am thrilled to be included in this book and will definitely want to buy a few copies for my grandchildren once it is published and will look forward to reading all the other stories. Well done all and thank you for this opportunity. I'm really looking forward to hear Santa read this.

  • #4

    Maxine Lennon (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 17:46)

    Thank you so much - congratulations to everyone!

  • #5

    Jenny Heap (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 18:06)

    How exciting! Thank you very much for including my story. I'm looking forward to very much to reading (and listening to) all of them.

  • #6

    Michael van Koetsveld (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 18:33)

    How fantastic is that!

    To all the writers who didn't make the cut, myself included, I would like to offer my astonishment and wonder that so many of you managed to hit such a ridiculously short deadline and get your stories submitted.

    To those who were selected, I salute you and look forward to trying my very best to bring yours to life when I read it as Santa on video.

    Keep it up everyone, you're amazing!

  • #7

    Catherine Veitch (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 18:53)

    Such a wonderful project – I absolutely loved taking part in this. Thank you for accepting my story. Great work to the whole team, and to everyone who submitted stories.

  • #8

    Carole Parsons (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 19:27)

    So chuffed, really enjoyed the challenge. Needed something positive to close this crazy covid year. Many thanks to Chris and the team.

  • #9

    Beth Hughes (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 19:50)

    Can't wait to read them, intriguing titles above! Great challenge, that made me realise how much writing let's you escape.

  • #10

    Hank Isaac (Tuesday, 24 November 2020 20:18)

    Thrilled to be a part and also excited to see how you're going to put all this together.

  • #11

    Jennifer Bozarth (Wednesday, 25 November 2020 01:21)

    Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. I am so excited to be a part of something so magical at a time when the world definitely needs more magic. I look forward both to seeing Santa read the stories online with my own daughter and also to reading everyone's stories in the book.

  • #12

    Helen Lusher (Wednesday, 25 November 2020 02:27)

    Thank you so much for reading my story, it's an honour and privilege to be included with such talented writers. I look forward to reading all of the stories and can't wait to see Santa read them out! Thank you all, best of luck with the book and congratulations xx

  • #13

    Milethia (Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:26)

    Congratulations all! Looking forward to reading all the stories. Another fabulous initiative - just what children (and adults) need after this challenging year.

  • #14

    Jen Lyon (Thursday, 26 November 2020 14:15)

    I cannot wait to hear the stories told by Santa and share this with all my friends with kids. What a wonderful idea!

    Thank you so much for including me! I'm honored to be a part of this truly amazing project!

  • #15

    Cheryl Lang (Friday, 04 December 2020 15:55)

    I am so delighted to have my story chosen. It has brightened up this month so much. I've listened to the stories so far I loved them - never mind the children!
    Thank you