Enter The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Due to exceptional circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we are extending the deadline of this year's competition to 1 June 2020.
We no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts, but we do offer unpublished and unagented writers of children's fiction the chance to submit their work to the annual Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. We're looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love! We’d particularly like to encourage entry for BAME writers and others from underrepresented backgrounds.
First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus an offer of representation from top literary agent, Kate Shaw of the Shaw Agency. This year’s competition coincides with Chicken House’s twentieth anniversary, so we’re offering the Chairman’s Prize for the second year running to celebrate. This prize is a publishing contract with a royalty advance of £7,500 plus an offer of representation from top literary agent, Kate Shaw of the Shaw Agency. The prize will be awarded to a manuscript hand-picked by Barry Cunningham, our Publisher and the Chairman of the Judging Panel, for work that promises outstanding potential but requires more editorial input than the overall winner.
To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children/young adults aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length we suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length.
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Take a look at our Writers' Guide – packed with useful hints and tips, plus a list of invaluable resources & links to useful organisations, it’s a great place to start.
THE TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION - SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED!
Drumroll please! Over the last few weeks, we've had the very difficult task of whittling our fantastic longlist of 18 down to a shortlist of just 5. With such a stellar longlist, this was no mean feat - all the longlisted submissions were absolutely brilliant stories, full of all the originality, excellent writing and riveting plots that we're on the lookout for from the hundreds of submissions we receive. Such was the quality of this year's longlist, that we couldn't decide on just 5 - so without further ado, here's the shortlist of 6!
Adam's Amazing Apothecary by Wai Lan Mo
Dogs of Legacy by M.P. Sturrock
Keeper of the Crown by Mary Hopewell
King of the Mountains by Steve Lee
The Gallows Dance by Anna Day
The Secret Cooking Club for Girls by Laurel Remington
We've got an absolutely fantastic mix of genres and age ranges on the shortlist - respectively, a magical, hilarious tale of a junior Dr. Dolittle and his journey to overcome fear; a heart-wrenching canine adventure with a unique narrative voice; a high-concept fantasy set in a world ruled by reincarnation; an electrifying cycling story packed with adrenaline; a gripping reimagining of society's obsession with perfection, based around genetic modification; and a delicious cake-fuelled drama bursting with flavour.
Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors!
WE HAVE A LONGLIST!
We're very excited to announce our longlist for the 2015 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition! We had a huge amount of entries which were all read by our team of experienced readers, who with Barry Cunningham and the Chicken House team chose the very best submissions for our longlist.
So, without further ado - here they are!
ADAM'S AMAZING APOTHECARY by Wai Lan Mo
ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED by Anna Fransizka
DOGS OF LEGACY by M.P. Sturrock
DUNCAN VS. THE GOOGLEYS by Kate Milner
HIDDEN IN THE TRUNK OF STARS by Susie Dinneen
HOLLOW BONES by Anneka Freeman
KEEPER OF THE CROWN by Mary Hopewell
KING OF THE MOUNTAINS by Steve Lee
MOMO AND THE STAR PLAYER by Rebecca Purton
ONE MORE WAVE by L.L. Stewart
REIVERS by Claire Watts
RISE & SHINE by Emma Lee-Potter
SANITATUM by Cassie Powney
SAVING SAXON by Martha Lane
THE DOLL'S HOUSE by Eve Lyte
THE GALLOWS DANCE by Anna Day
THE SECRET COOKING CLUB FOR GIRLS by Laurel Remington
THE START OF HOPE by Debbie Nuttall
Congratulations to all on the longlist, and thank you to all the fantastic authors who entered this year's competition. As always, the standard was incredibly high!
Keep an eye on our Twitter page for info on the shortlist, announcing early February.