THE 2018 TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

Posted by Kesia on Tuesday August 15th, 2017

Are you an unpublished, unagented children's writer? If so, we'd love for you to enter our competition to win a publishing contract with a £10,000 advance ...


The competition opens on 15th August (today!) and closes on 8th December, so there's plenty of time to polish, edit or even WRITE your novel! Submission is super easy - simply use our online portal to enter your details, attach your document and pay the £15 submission fee. For full competition rules and instructions, please see our submissions page.

The 2018 competition is a particularly special one, as it marks the ten-year anniversary since our first winner was crowned in 2008. Could you be our tenth competition winner? There's only one way to find out!

If you need any further incentive, here's a taster of what it's like to be shortlisted for the competition and invited to our lovely judging and announcement lunch ...

Your comments (6)

Jazz says...

Hi Samuel - yes, self-published novels are eligible. Good luck!

Added November 8th, 2017 at 1:35 pm 

Samuel Joseph Fox says...

If the novel has been self-published through amazon, is it still eligible to enter the competition?

Added October 3rd, 2017 at 12:11 pm 

Jayne says...

Nearly 40k words in for my submission! Now I just need to not hit the writers block wall!

Added August 20th, 2017 at 1:15 am 

Catie Chocklet! says...

Oooooh! What an opportunity! I have donned my imagining head and writing hat, in readiness. Now waiting for a visit from the ideas pixies.

Added August 15th, 2017 at 4:58 pm 

Jazz says...

Hi Patricia, entrants must be unagented and not previously have had commercially published any whole children’s novel in any country. Please refer to the full T&Cs to see whether or not you're eligible: http://www.chickenhousebooks.com/terms/#competition_terms

Added August 16th, 2017 at 4:06 pm 

Patricia says...

Say you haven't been pubbed in MG novels, but other things...could you submit an MG novel??? PJM

Added August 15th, 2017 at 4:01 pm