Blatant copy-and-paste from last year’s post about this:
Just a quick round-up of some (British-Isles-based) competitions running at the moment aimed at unagented (and/or previously unpublished) children’s/YA writers, in case it’s useful to anyone out there.
With any of these, do read the submission guidelines carefully (especially in terms of what and how to submit), and – as you would if submitting to agents/editors – it’s best to have a book finished and revised before submitting, even if all you need to send in is the first 5,000 words. (Your opening chapters set up the book as a whole – and if you haven’t finished it yet, it’s tricky to tell if they’re doing that to the very best of their ability.)
- Irish Children’s Prize with A.M. Heath – judged by literary agent Julia Churchill and editor David Maybury, for Irish or Irish-resident writers working on children’s (any age) or YA fiction who do not yet have an agent. Deadline is October 20th, and they want to see the first 5000 words (or full text if shorter), plus a brief description and a one-page outline.
- New Children’s Author Prize in association with the Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury – UK only, full novel needed (20,000-40,000 words, aimed at 8-12-year-olds) plus synopsis. Deadline is September 30th.
- The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition – this one has been going for years, and is open to international writers too. They’re looking for the full manuscript of a novel suitable for children (so, somewhere in the 7-18-year-old range, no younger), ideally 30,000-80,000 words. Deadline is October 31st.
- The Bath Novel Award – open internationally, and while it’s not strictly speaking for children’s fiction, they do welcome YA submissions. They’re looking for the first 5000 words plus a one page synopsis, and the full manuscript (50,000+ words) will be requested if longlisted. Deadline is March 31st next year. Self-published works are also eligible.