Hey, want to enter one of the UK's biggest writing competitions?

Posted by Jazz on Friday November 24th, 2017

You're in luck! As an early Christmas treat for aspiring writers, and to give all you NaNoWriMo fans a little more time, we've extended the deadline of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition to Wednesday 20th December

Our comp is one of the biggest writing competitions in the UK for unpublished children's authors, with a coveted first prize of a £10,000 publishing contract! (Yep, you heard that right.)

No matter where you are in the world, if you're over 18 and you've written a fresh and exciting story for young people: WE WANT TO READ IT! The competition has launched the careers of loads of the UK's best children's and YA writers, with Sophia Bennett, Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison and Anna Day to name a few.

But hey, don't just take our word for it. Here's what some previous winners and shortlistees had to say ...

'Entering this competition is one of the best decisions I ever made. I was unpublished, unagented, unheard of, and now I've just sold my 25th licence....and I didn't even win!' Anna Day, author of Chicken House's fastest-ever-selling rights title The Fandom, shortlisted in 2014

'Since 2014, we've had three books published, seen them translated into more than ten languages, and spoken at literary events from Hay-on-Wye to Utrecht, and it is basically all thanks to the Times/Chicken House competition.' Tom Ellen, co-author of Lobsters, Never Evers and Freshers, shortlisted for 2013 competition

'Entering the Times/Chicken House Competition in 2016 was one of the best things I ever did. It kick-started a whole chain of incredible events. So I'd say if you have a story that fires you with passion, press that button and watch the magic unfold.' Jasbinder Bilan, author of Song of the Mountain, 2017 winner

Plus, 'cause she's such a good egg, our Editorial Director Rachel Leyshon is sharing the secrets of how to get that story into tip-top condition for our team of readers.

So then: what are you waiting for?! Get submitting! You can find everything you need over on our submissions page. Could you be our next winner?

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