OPEN COOP is back!

Posted by Kesia on Thursday March 3rd, 2016

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new talent – our fantastically successful Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition offers the chance for unpublished and unagented authors to win a £10,000 publishing contract, and we’ve had tonnes of success publishing the winners (and several shortlistees!)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 – good luck!

Your comments (4)

Matt says...

Fingers crossed . . .and good luck to everybody who submitted!!!!

Added March 26th, 2016 at 12:45 am 

Terri says...

I sent in my pitch, so nervous but I know that I've tried my best 😀

Added March 26th, 2016 at 12:26 am 

Neil Cunningham says...

Is th entry to the open coop event restricted to one entry per person ?

Added March 12th, 2016 at 9:03 am 

Marcia says...

Fabulous! I missed the children's fiction contest because of illness in my family. Is this competition open to everyone? I live in the states.

Added March 7th, 2016 at 10:13 pm