Young Romantics is a competition which asks writers aged between 16 and 18 to entertheir poems (max. 20 lines) and short stories (max. 1,000 words) – the only condition is that your work must take their inspiration from the work, lives and ideas of the Romantic poets, and they must refer to the theme of the competition, which this year is Lost Angels.
Find out more and enter here. The closing date for entries is 13 March 2015.
Shortlists for both prizes will be announced on the Keats Shelley Memorial Association website in March/April and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 21 April 2015.
The deadline for this competition is 11.59pm on 18th August 2013
On Wednesday 4th September Random House are throwing a launch party to celebrate publication of the first book in Jonathan’s Stroud’s new series, Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase.
The event will be held in a haunted pub in central London. It will start at 18.30, drinks and nibbles will be provided and winners will have a chance to meet Jonathan and buy a copy of the book.
There are 5 pairs of tickets to give away.
All you need to do to enter is tell us your favourite book by Jonathan Stroud and why you love it so much. Winners will be sent their e-invitation to the event.
The judges of the prize this year will be:
- Hot Key Books Publisher Emily Thomas
- Kobo’s Children’s Specialist Antonia Fowler
- Director of the National Literacy Trust Jonathan Douglas
- Guardian Children’s Books Editor Julia Eccleshare
- Hot Key authors Fleur Hitchcock and Matt Whyman
- Children’s Bookseller Katie Clapham from Storytellers, Inc.
- Bloggers Vivienne De Costa from Serendipity Reviews and M from We Sat Down
- With consultation from school children from Globe School, Southwark, London and St John’s School, Lacey Green, Bucks
To enter you must be:
- Between the ages of 18 – 25 (at time of submission)
- Unpublished and unagented (you can submit if you have self-published but read the T&Cs first)
- From anywhere in the world, but writing in English
The Prize will have four stages.
- Initial submissions (4000 words + 1 page synopsis) will be accepted from 9am on Thursday 20th June 2013. The closing date for initial submissions will be 5pm on Monday 22nd July 2013.
- Hot Key Books will shortlist entries to a final 20 by Friday 28th October 2013. Full manuscripts will be requested from successful applicants (9-12 category: 30-50,000 words. 13-19 category: 50-80,000 words).
- A final shortlist of 5 entries for each category will be sent out to a judging panel on Monday 6th January 2014.
- The judging panel will choose two winners. Winners will be announced at London Book Fair 2014.
- There will be two overall Prize winners, one from the 9-12 category and one from the 13-19 category.
- The Prize is a potential worldwide publishing contract for each winner with Hot Key Books and full editorial support.
As announced on Julia Churchill’s Twitter feed last night, the literary agency A M Heath, is launching a new prize, the Irish Children’s Prize. The following details are straight from Julia Churchill’s post on the A M Heath blog:
This year A. M. Heath are launching their Irish Children’s Prize. We are looking for a new standout voice in children’s fiction.
The Irish Children’s Prize will be judged by Julia Churchill, children’s book agent at A. M. Heath, and David Maybury of Brown Bag Films, Penguin Children’s Books and Inis Magazine editor.
Says Julia Churchill: David and I love all sorts of writing for children. The winner could be a 200 word picture book, a sophisticated YA novel, a 9-12 stand-alone, or a young chapter series. I’m looking for a strong voice, a character to love, and a concept that feels fresh. If you’re writing for children, we’d love to see your work.
I represent some brilliant Irish talent already, including Sarah Crossan, author of Carnegie shortlisted THE WEIGHT OF WATER and winner of the Eilís Dillon award, and with this prize I’m looking to help break out an Irish writing star of the future.
Says David Maybury: There’s so much happening in Ireland’s creative industries with our international best-selling authors and illustrators, award-winning animators and growing games industry. I’m looking for an idea that could lead to anything, and anywhere. Characters with a story that tickle the hairs on the back of your neck and a strong genuine voice that will capture readers of any age.
The A. M. Heath Irish Children’s Prize is open to un-agented writers living in the Republic of Ireland and writing children’s or young adult fiction in English.
To get a good sense of the voice, concept and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description of the book (a few lines) AND a one page outline that shows the spine of the story. Please send this as a Word doc attachment to email@example.com
If you’re submitting a picture book (or shorter fiction that comes in under 5,000 words), then please send the complete text.
Entrants will receive an acknowledgement on receipt of script, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Submissions open on June 6th and will close on October 17th.
The shortlist will be announced on October 25th, and the winner will be announced on October 31st at the CBI Children’s Book Festival in Dublin.
The winner will be awarded a prize of €1,000. Three runners up will receive a bundle of children’s books written by Irish writers.
A. M. Heath is running the prize in order to support new Irish writing talent, and to find a debut star. We will offer representation if we find an author, or authors, whose writing we love.
via Irish Children’s Prize | A.M.Heath.