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The Author of Tomorrow Award

The Author of Tomorrow Award is designed to find the adventure writers of the future.

Run in partnership with a number of non-governmental organisations dedicated to improving global literacy levels, it is open to anyone aged between twelve and twenty-one who has completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.

To enter the Author of Tomorrow Award

The author must be aged between twelve and twenty-one years of age (on 1 January 2017).
The piece of short fiction entered must be between 1500 and 5000 words.
The submitted work must, in the opinion of the judges, fall within what can be defined as adventure writing (using the definition provided here).

The author must provide

An electronic copy of their piece of short fiction
A short synopsis of their work
A scanned copy of their birth certificate

Closing date

Entries can be submitted from the 31st of October 2016 until the 23rd of January 2017. Any story submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for entry.

The winning author will receive £1,000 pounds sterling and a framed certificate.

Full details are available here:

http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/author-of-tomorrow

GIVEAWAY: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

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The latest book in Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Rivers of London series is now available!

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week . . .

How to win a copy:

Ben’s publisher Gollancz has very kindly given me three copies to give away to celebrate the launch. So if you would like to win a copy of this amazing book all you have to do is tweet me! (I am @mattlibrarian on Twitter) Say something like “I would like to win a copy of The Hanging Tree!” or words to that effect using the hashtag #THTgiveaway so I can keep track of entries.

The competition will close at 5pm on Friday 4th November, all names will go into a hat and the winners will be announced on Monday 7th November.

The Guardian Young Critics Competition 2015


If you are aged 18 or under and love reading, or you run or are part of a school book group, then you should enter the Guardian’s young critics competition – and here’s how:

All you need to do is submit a review (maximum 500 words) on one of the books long-listed for the Guardian children’s fiction prize 2015. The prize for 10 individual winners is a complete set of the long-listed books plus book tokens and an invitation to the Guardian children’s fiction award party on 19 November 2015. The group winners will get 10 copies of each of the long-listed books, the chance to come to Guardian’s education centre and make their own newspaper and up to 20 members of the winning book group are invited to the awards party.

The deadline for entries is 30 October 2015, so you’ve got all summer (and some) to read one of the books. Great for new school book groups that don’t start until September!

There are two ways to enter:

1. You can enter on your own by filling out form on the Guardian Young Critics Competition page including your review of a Longlisted Book.

Or:

2. you can enter as part of a school group if you and at least three other students from your school all submit reviews. The school that is judged to have the strongest overall group of entries will win a prize – there will also be one runner up prize in this category. In order for a submitted review to be entered as part of a school group, that review must be submitted, either online or by post, together with at least three other reviews by other eligible students from the same school.

The prizes

The 10 individual winners will each receive a complete set of the eight longlisted books, plus a £20 National Book Tokens gift card and an invitation to attend the award ceremony at the Guardian on 19 November 2015.

The winning school will be invited to spend a day at the Guardian Education Centre: up to 30 students (chosen by the winning school’s Head of English, or equivalent) from the winning school will have the chance to edit and print the day’s news at the Guardian Education Centre in London. In addition, the winning school will receive 10 complete sets of the eight long-listed books, a £150 National Book Tokens gift card as well an invitation for up to 20 pupils to attend the ceremony in London on 19 November. The runner up school will receive a complete set of the eight long-listed books.

For full details and to enter the competition follow this link:

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/jul/10/guardian-young-critics-competition-2015-enter

The Write Stuff 2015

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The Sunday Times in partnership with international best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford is asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of ‘friendship’.

Barbara Taylor Bradford, international bestselling novelist:
“Friendships are hugely exciting but also can be complicated, and sometimes difficult.
All sorts of things can happen between friends – from rivalry, jealousy and competitiveness right through to someone undertaking an amazing act of kindness that helps a friend in a time of need. Whatever the scenario, there must always be a resolution to the story to satisfy the reader. If you don’t have trouble or a problem, you have no drama and you don’t pull in the reader. The theme can be quite dramatic in a personal way. It has to have emotions and real feelings.”

Barbara Taylor Bradford and The Sunday times are asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of ‘friendship’.

It should run to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including the title and be submitted online by Friday 3 July 2015.

For full details of the competition and to enter, follow this link:

The Write Stuff

Changing hearts and minds: Stonewall writing competition for young people aged between 14 and 17

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, has launched its first Young Writers’ Competition.

The theme of the competition is Changing Hearts and Minds.

Everyone taking part will be asked to compose a short story or poem which explores this theme in relation to the lives of LGBT people in the UK. You may want to write about the challenges still faced by the LGBT community or maybe you’d like to explore how society can help to improve the experiences of LGBT people.

The prizes
One person in each category will win 150 pounds of book tokens and will have their poem or short story published on The Guardian Children’s Books website for everyone to see!

Two runners up in each category will win £50 of book tokens.

The Judges

SJ Watson – The publishing rights to SJ’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep have been sold in 42 different countries around the world. It has gone on to be an international bestseller and successful feature film starring Nicole Kidman.

Dean Atta – Dean is a writer and performance poet. He won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List in the same year.

Ruth Hunt – A self-proclaimed ‘super-fan’ of LGBT Youth Fiction, Stonewall’s Chief Executive is really looking forward to reading your poems and short stories!

Rules
The competition is open to anyone who will be aged between 14 and 17 on the closing date which is 22 May 2015. You can enter one category, or both – the choice is yours!

Competition details

Age group: 14-17 year olds
Categories: Short story (fiction) and poetry
Theme: LGBT equality: Changing hearts and minds
Word count: 1000 words maximum
Deadline for entries: Friday 22 May
Winners announced: Monday 15 June
Submission details: Email entries to youngwriters@stonewall.org.uk or post entries to: Stonewall Offices, Tower Building, York Road, London SE1 7NX

For full details follow this link: Stonewall Changing Hearts and Minds

Young Romantics Prize

Young Romantics is a new prize for poems and short stories inspired by the Romantics. It gives young writers between the ages of 16 & 18 the opportunity to win a week-long Creative Writing Course with Arvon at one of their famous residential centres working with practising writers

Entrants can submit up to 2 poems and 2 short stories.
All entries must be on the theme of Lost Angels.
Poems must be no more than 20 lines
Short Stories must be no more than 1,000 words.

The competition closes on the 13th March.

For full details and to enter the competition follow this link:
http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/young-romantics-prize

First Story National Writing Competition

First Story is very excited to announce the launch of its annual National Writing Competition!

Students from state schools across the country are invited to submit 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of ‘Home’ – what does home mean to them? Is it a place, a smell, a taste, a group of people?

This year we are delighted to offer the fantastic prize of a residential Arvon creative writing course for the winners. We will also publish all the shortlisted pieces in a collected anthology, and hold a special prize-giving ceremony at LSE in 2015.

The competition will be judged by five acclaimed writers: Anthony McGowan, Bernardine Evaristo, James Dawson, Kate Kingsley and Laura Dockrill.

Teachers will run the first stage of the competition within schools, and then send 3 top entries to First Story before the deadline on Friday 5th December 2014. The first 100 teachers to get 50 entries within their school will be given £100, and £30 in book tokens will be given to every school to be awarded to the top three winners within each school.

Four stories from each key stage (KS3, 4 and 5, twelve stories in total) will be selected by First Story from the final entries submitted by each school, and then the five judges will pick a winner for each key stage. One winner overall will be selected, with the results announced in a prize ceremony at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in early 2015. The three key stage winners will each be offered a places on an Arvon residential writing course in March 2015. And on top of that, they get to invite 3 friends to come on the course too, and bring the teacher who entered their piece along with them.

Teachers can also enter themselves, in a separate contest: 4 top teacher pieces will be chosen, and a final winner, selected by the judges, will also get a place on the Arvon course.

For full details and resources please visit this page:

http://www.firststory.org.uk/2014/09/24/first-story-national-writing-competition/

The Big Idea Competition

GREAT NEW IDEAS FOR CHILDREN’S STORIES GET THE CHANCE TO BE TOLD!

Tess Daly joins nationwide search to discover the next big story idea for children

Judged by experts from the book, film, TV and theatre world

Challenging convention on how great ideas become stories today

Britain has created some of the greatest children’s stories in history. From J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the nation has produced ideas that have become part of our cultural heritage and captivated audiences around the world.

Now the search is on to find Britain’s next ‘big idea’ with a major new competition to discover original story ideas for children. The Big Idea will be encouraging the nation to get creative this summer, giving participants the chance to see their ideas nurtured and developed by experts in the world of family entertainment. The competition challenges convention on how ideas can be brought to life and made into new narratives in book, film, TV, theatre or gaming.

The Big Idea is working with six respected judges who have a wealth of relevant industry experience between them:

· Tess Daly – TV broadcaster
· Neil Blair – J.K. Rowling’s agent
· Barry Cunningham OBE – Children’s publisher
· Debra Hayward – Film producer
· Sonia Friedman – Theatre producer
· Philip Ardagh – Children’s author and literary critic

The judges will work together to choose six winning ideas. The winners will each receive £1000 plus the chance to see their idea come to life, with one overall winner offered the prize of a publishing contract and the promise of their idea being nurtured, developed and written by a well-known author. As Neil Blair explains The Big Idea is an exciting new way to bring new children’s stories to life by going to the heart of every one of them: the big idea at their core.

The overall winner’s publishing contract will be in line with industry standards, with a shared royalty on every copy sold. The six winners could additionally see their idea work across a variety of media platforms, including film, TV, gaming, websites, apps and stage, with a commensurate royalty share.

Entering couldn’t be easier, and creative writing ability isn’t a requirement – entrants simply need to outline their original idea in up to 750 words, describing what happens in the story, who’s in it, where it takes place and the type of audience it’s intended for. Entrants can visit the website at www.thebigideacompetition.co.uk for creative advice and look out for top tips and inspiration on The Big Idea’s social media channels. The competition opens on Monday July 7th and the winning ideas will be announced in early November.

Tess Daly adds All the best children’s books come from a great idea, and a great idea can come from anywhere! I’ve joined forces with The Big Idea to celebrate Britain’s talent for storytelling and creativity. There are so many people who have a seed of an idea for a book, film or TV programme but don’t know what to do with it, so this is their chance to get support from the best. I love sharing and making up my own stories with my children – so I can’t wait to help uncover the next big story idea to be loved by adults and children alike.

Neville Johnson Comic Strip Competition

Have you ever dreamed about being invisible? Ever wondered what it would be like to go wherever you wanted and do whatever you wanted?

If you or an imaginary character were invisible, how would you use your superpower? Try to imagine what kinds of scary, amazing and even humorous situations you might find yourself in…

Create a six panel comic strip of your adventure, using words and images to bring your character and his or her escapades to life. You don’t have to be an artist, just make your comic strip unique, fun and exciting.

Entries for the Neville Johnson Comic Strip Competition will be judged by Curtis Jobling – whose latest book Haunt features an invisible character – and the winner will receive a professionally designed framed print of their comic strip.
For more details and to find out how to enter go to www.mcbf.org.uk and click ‘Get Involved’, or click here.

This competition and resource have been devised by the ‘Walking in Their Shoes’ Schools’ Liaison team at Manchester Metropolitan University. See the MMU Humanities Schools Liaison website for details about the Comic Smart project (on which this competition is based) and to download resources on this and other projects.

• Entries welcome from anyone aged 8-16

• Deadline for final entries is 31/08/2014

• Winners will be announced end of September

• Download your comic strip template here

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