OPEN COOP is back!
At Chicken House, we’ve always been committed to seeking out and developing new talent – our fantastically successful Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition offers the chance for unpublished and unagented authors to win a £10,000 publishing contract, and we’ve had tonnes of success publishing the winners (and several shortlistees!) over the years. We’re announcing the 2016 longlist in the next few weeks – keep your eyes peeled!
For those of you who missed this year’s Competition, fear not! Two years ago, we first decided to do something different, to throw wide our hutch and welcome submissions from writers for a twenty-four hour period only: we called it Open Coop.
Today is a very special book birthday: The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan is the first Open Coop novel to be published! From the moment we spotted this wonderful story in our inbox – a story about an ordinary girl, her eccentric gran, and the devastating consequences of ALL chocolate running out FOR EVER (gasp!) – we knew it was a brilliant idea that children would love, and we’re so proud of the result. Congratulations, Chris!
This year, we’re doing it all over again …
Could you be next?
In honour of The Great Chocoplot, we’re running an Open Coop event on 25th March (from 12am to 12am GMT). If you’ve written a complete novel for children aged between 7 and 18, all you need to do is email us:
1. A pitch for your novel in the body of the email and short paragraph about yourself
2. The first three chapters of your novel or the first fifty pages (whichever is longest), attached as a Word document
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org – good luck!