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Spend it in your local bookshop and you could win £500/€500 in cash!

If you were spending your National Book Tokens or Bookily gift cards in any of the hundreds of bookshops that accept them across the UK and Ireland between 26th December 2023 and 29th February 2024, we offered you the chance to enter our prize draw to win £500/€500 in cash. This competition has now closed and we'll be contacting winners soon!

The full terms and conditions are below.


Last year's winners


At the start of 2023, we gave you the chance to win £500/€500 in cash.

Thousands of booklovers spent their National Book Tokens gift cards in the hundreds of bookshops that accept them across the UK and Ireland, and entered the prize draw. 

Congratulations to the winners, Jacob from Lincoln, and Orla from Enniskeane, Co. Cork! 

Jacob said:

The book I bought with my token was called Mafia State by Luke Harding – I thought it would be particularly interesting considering what is happening in Ukraine... I got it from [...] Lindum Books in Lincoln – a lovely shop just round the corner from the castle. It is a small business so I was really glad when I realised that they could take my National Book Token (my Grandma had got it for me at Christmas). And as for my winnings, I’ll probably spend it on more books…”

Orla said:

Vibes & Scribes Bookshop is located in Cork city. They sell a mix of second hand books and new books. They also have a craft shop slightly north of Lee. Mom gave me two book tokens as a Christmas gift and I had them in my purse that day. Seeing as I had a bit of time to spare before getting the bus home, I decided to call into the bookshop as they usually have a 3 for €12 deal in the shop. I picked books written by three different authors so I would have a good selection of books to enjoy over the coming months.

As I am about two months away from finishing my bachelor’s degree, I think I’ll spend the money on a nice holiday this summer to celebrate.

In 2022, the prizes went to Ola from Co. Kindare in Ireland, and Delyth from Gwynedd in Wales.

Don't forget, we have brilliant bookish competitions throughout the year over on our rewards programme, Caboodle – plus if you join, you're automatically entered into a prize draw each month, with a £100/€120 National Book Tokens prize!

Terms and Conditions

Prize: one winner in the UK and one winner in Ireland will receive £500/€500 in cash, which will be paid by bank transfer

  • By entering this competition, you also agree to the terms set out in the National Book Tokens Website Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
  • If you choose to opt-in to receive emails from us, you also agree to the Caboodle Terms and Conditions.
  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Tuesday 29th February 2024.
  • To qualify for entry, you must spend a National Book Tokens gift card or Bookily gift card instore or online with a participating bookshop between 26th December 2023 and 29th February 2024.
  • Entries are to be submitted using the online form; postal entries will be accepted but must be received within 5 days of the closing date to be considered. See below for more details.
  • Entrants must include the last four digits of the National Book Tokens gift card that was used and the name of the bookshop where it was spent. Entries without these details will not be considered.
  • The minimum amount that must be redeemed/spent in order to qualify for entry to the competition is £1/€1; it is not necessary to spend the full value of a gift card and any remaining balance will be unaffected by entry to the prize draw and subject to the usual gift card terms and conditions.
  • To enter by post, please send your full name, postal address, contact telephone number, the last four digits of your National Book Tokens gift card, and the name of the bookshop where you spent it, to: Spend and Win, Book Tokens Ltd., 6 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR. The Promoter will not be liable for any postage costs incurred, for the loss or damage to any entries, or for entries that are received by the Promoter after the closing date due to circumstances beyond the sender’s control.
  • Paper National Book Tokens can also be spent in order to qualify for entry to the prize draw – if spending a paper National Book Token, please make a note of the token number before redeeming it instore and provide this number instead of the four digits required for an electronic gift card.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entrants may not win more than one prize.
  • The winning entrants must have an active bank account in the UK or Ireland and be able to accept a bank transfer in order to receive the winning funds of £500/€500.
  • The competition is open to UK and Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association, Bookselling Ireland and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason.
  • Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details may be shared securely with a third party (such as the publisher) in order to fulfil the dispatch of competition prizes.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and are subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • The Promoter will choose two winners at random from all qualifying entries.
  • The Promoter will contact the winners by email shortly after the closing date. In the event of a winner not responding after 14 days, the Promoter reserves the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving the Promoter’s communications due to their spam filter, accidental deletion, incorrect email provided, or for any other reason. In the event of this, the Promoter is unable to provide compensation.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving their prize once it has been dispatched. On a case-by-case basis, the Promoter will do their best to compensate the winner but regretfully this may not always be possible.
  • The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Promoter will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd., 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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