31 May 2023
Entries are invited for the Best Novel Opening for Children and Young Adults and Best Picture Book Text
The Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is an international competition with a mission to support and champion aspiring writers for children. In addition to cash prizes, winning and shortlisted entries are featured in a Pitch Book, which is sent out to literary agents and publishers.
Entries are currently invited for:
• Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults 2023. The first prize is £1,000. Send the first 1,200 words of a novel for readers aged seven to 18. Manuscripts don't need to have been completed. The judge is Silvia Molteni of PFD Literary Agents. The entry fee is £14.
• Best Picture Book Text 2023. The first prize is £500. Enter the text of a story, no longer than 500 words, suitable for a young child. The judge is Becky Bagnell of Lindsay Literary Agency. The entry fee is £9.
The closing date for both these Awards is 31 August.
For full details see the website.