Submitting your First Minister's Reading Challenge entry

If you’ve made space for reading, enjoyed an author event or have taken part in any bookish activities with children and young people, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’ve been using our resources all year or have been doing your own thing, we want to celebrate the work you do to nurture a love of reading.

Due to the school closures and disruption just now, we've decided to extend the deadline for submissions until 15 May 2020. We understand that both the content and format of your submission may be different to what you had previously hoped, but we would still love to hear from you and celebrate your fantastic work. ​

Depending on the nature and number of submissions we receive, we will consider the best way to highlight and reward these, which may include choosing overall winners for each challenge or choosing a number of organisations across the challenges to reward. We look forward to showcasing your reading journeys online in the months to come too!

Submit your entry now

Whether you choose to submit an entry or not, you can celebrate your reading journey from home with our new celebration resources which are full of fun and creative activities. These will be available online to all registered organisations in May.


Entries can be in whatever format suits your school best. This could be a piece of writing, or a film, photo diary, presentation or mind map. We can accept files as an online attachment or through Dropbox. The most important thing is that we can see the evidence of how your school has built a reading culture over the past year.

All entries are submitted online. See our step-by-step guide to submitting your entry.


The deadline for submissions to the First Minister's Reading Challenge 2020 is Friday 15 May.

You don't need to have registered at the start of the year to submit an entry. If you've been working to build a reading culture in your school, library or community group you can sign up to the First Minister's Reading Challenge any time before the deadline. 

Help and support

Check out our resources to find a detailed breakdown of what to include in your entry. We've created separate resources for primary schools, secondary schools, libraries and community groups, so you'll find the right information to suit your setting.

We recently hosted a webinar with guidance on how to submit your First Minister's Reading Challenge entry. YOu can catch up with a recorded version now.

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