Writing for children award: The FAB Prize


19 March 2021
Celebrating its fifth birthday, the Faber Andlyn Prize is for new children's writers and illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds

The competition was set up in 2017 by Faber Children's and the Andlyn Literary Agency to discover and showcase new talent in children's publishing. The idea behind it is that every child deserves to see themselves represented in books.

The first prize winners in the text and illustration categories each get £500. The text winner receives a place on an online Faber Academy writing course, a place on the five-part Insights into the Publishing Process programme and the opportunity to shadow established authors on school visits. The illustration winner gets a one-year portfolio membership of the Society of Illustrators, a place on the Insights into the Publishing Process programme and the chance to shadow established illustrators on school visits. Second-placed winners get places on the Insights into the Publishing Process programme and Faber books. Commended, highly commended, runners up and winners all get priority spaces on Booktrust Represent workshops.

All entrants must be unpublished writers and illustrators from BAME backgrounds. Entries must be text or artwork aimed at readers from 0-18 years.

To enter in the text category, send up to 5,000 words of text. If entering a picture book text, send the complete manuscript.

To enter in the illustration category, send up to ten pages of illustration or the full layouts and illustration for a 32-page picture book.

The closing date is 4 June.

For full details see the website.

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