Writing for children prize: The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2024


24 February 2024
Win a £10,000 advance in the annual contest for novel manuscripts for children or young adults

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition is a contest for unpublished and unagented writers for children. To enter, writers must have completed a full-length manuscript of a novel aimed at children and young adults between 7 and 18. Novels may be in any genre of children's fiction, and between 30,000 and 80,000 words.

The winner will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 and an offer of representation by literary agent Lydia Silver of Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency.

This year the competition is bringing back the Lyme Pictures New Storyteller Award, which will be awarded to a novel that shows promise for TV development. The winner will receive £7,500 and an offer of representation.

Enter the full manuscript, a synopsis and a covering letter.

The entry fee is £20.

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The closing date is 1 June.

For full details see the website.


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