The Young Judge Competition is now open!

Posted by Kesia on Friday July 29th, 2016

Are you 14-18 years old?

Do you live in the UK?

Are you mad about books?

Would you like to join a prestigious judging panel at a super-swanky London event in summer 2017?

Would you like to win more books for your groaning bookshelves?

If so, Chicken House needs you! We’re looking for a young judge to help pick next year’s Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition winner. Intrigued? Read on …

To enter the Young Judge Competition, you’ll need to submit a short 1-3 minute video about the children’s/YA book you would most like to persuade others to read. You can choose any book you like – whether it’s a classic or brand new, whether it’s something you read years ago and has really stuck with you, or something you’ve just finished. We want to hear all about your favourite book and why it inspires you. To submit your video, simply email a YouTube link (or equivalent) to, including your name and contact details in the body of the email. The deadline is 5.30pm on Friday 28th October 2016. Please read the full terms and conditions here before entering.

Barry Cunningham (your fellow judge, MD of Chicken House, and famous discoverer of Harry Potter!) says: ‘The winning Young Judge video entry will be original, engaging and exciting; the more imaginative, the better! We’re looking for someone with a real passion for reading to help us pick the winner. Demonstrate your love of children’s books and your powers of persuasion and you could have a hand in finding a future bestseller!’

The winner will read the shortlist (approximately five manuscripts) before joining the other judges for a day of judging in summer 2017. The prize also includes:

(i) travel and accommodation for you and your parent/guardian to the London judging day,

(ii) a £50 Waterstones voucher

(iii) five new Chicken House titles of your choice.

Four runners up will received a £10 Waterstones voucher each and five new Chicken House titles of their choice. What are you waiting for?!

And if that’s not enough to clinch your entry, last year’s wonderful young judge, Orli, has produced a video describing her experience and persuading you to give it a try …

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