Category Archives: Competition

Author Siobhan Curham Running Poetry Competition

To celebrate the launch of her new book Dear Dylan, Siobhan Curham will be running a poetry competition on her website

Entrants must be age 10 – 17 and the poems should be based on one of the following themes:

Friendship: Dear Dylan is the story of a friendship that begins online – in fact the whole novel is made up of emails between the two characters as their friendship grows. Perhaps you would like to write a poem about your own experience of friendship and how important your friends are to you.

Family: The main character in Dear Dylan, Georgie, hasn’t had the easiest family life. Her father died when she was little and she doesn’t get on with her step-dad at all. There is no denying that families can be very complicated. But they can also be full of love and good times. Maybe you would like to write a poem about your own experience of family life – good or bad, happy or sad…

Dreams: Georgie dreams of being an actress and the book follows her determination to pursue her dream, no matter what obstacles life – or her step-dad – throw at her. Do you have a burning dream or ambition? Would you like to write a poem about your pursuit of this dream, and the importance of never giving up?

Please send your submissions to: contact[AT]siobhancurham[DOT]co[DOT]uk by Monday 2nd April. And please give your name and age in your covering email.

The three winning entrants will each receive a signed copy of Dear Dylan and their poems will be published on her blog in April as part of the official book launch celebrations.

City Read London Oliver Twisted Competition

‘The world according to Oliver Twisted is simple. Vampyres feed on the defenceless, orphans are sacrificed to hungry gods and if a woe-begotten catches your scent it will hunt you forever.’

City Read London is giving away two copies of Oliver Twisted, JD Sharpe’s new teen horror mash-up. Post your name on their wall, and share this link: to be in with a chance to win. Winners announced on City Read London site tomorrow.

Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year 2012

The Young Human Rights Reporter (YHRR) Competition is an annual competition for young people run by Amnesty, in partnership with the Guardian Teacher Network and MA Publications, publishers of SecEd, Headteacher Update and Primary Teacher Update.

The award encourages young people to become human rights reporters, to investigate what’s going on in the world and bring human rights abuses to light.

The 2012 competition is now open and will close on 31 January 2012.

Mark Walden Aftershock blog winners

The three winners of the mark Walden Aftershock blog competition have been chosen by The Randomizer Congratulations go out to:

Anna Barlow (favourite villain Captain Hook)

CazApr1 (Artemis Fowl or Dr John Dee)

Natasha F (favourite villain Thaddeus Valentine)

If you could please e-mail me your addresses your prize packs will be sent out as soon as possible!

Zombilicious Competition Winners

As you may remember in December as part of the 12 Months of Halloween I ran a Zombiefy yourself competiton. The winners of this competition are:

Zombie Caroline
Zombie Kateria

Could you please contact me and I will send your prizes out as soon as possible!

Zombielicious Competition of the Living Dead

To stand a chance of winning one of three brilliant books (see below) enter the Teen Librarian Zombielicious competition.
To enter you have to submit a zombiefied picture of yourself to editor (at) teenlibrarian (dot) co (dot) uk

To make yourself look as good as I did in the previous post you can use the Day of the Dead Facechanger or Make me a Zombie. Any other zombification techniques are permitted although getting yourself bitten by an actual undead is not recommended.

Competition rules:

~The competition is global
~One entry per person
~Picture size must not exceed 1.5 MB
~Put the word zombilicious in the subject line of the e-mail
~The competition is open until the 15th January
~All pictures will be featured on the TeenLibrarian website
~Judges decision is FINAL


Dreaming of a Twilight Christmas?

Enter Atom Books‘ competition to stand a chance of winning the Twi-white books.

To celebrate the release of these gorgeous creations Atom has put together a daily competition over at their Facebook page, which gives you the chance to test your Twilight knowledge and win fab prizes over the next four weeks. And these new books have also given them the perfect excuse to put together another vampy, shapeshifter inspired treat for you, before revealing some cracking Christmas surprises!

Head over to their Facebook page to test your Twilight knowledge and win prizes. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be the first in the know!

Booktime 2010 prize draw Nominate your primary school or local library for an amazing Eric Carle artist's proof

This autumn The Booktrust is giving away 680,000 free copies of Eric Carle’s wonderful story book “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth to reception class children in England. It means they will have given away more than 5 million books over the last four years.

To celebrate, they are offering primary schools and local libraries the chance to own an artist’s proof from “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth, signed by Eric Carle. Just tell them where you think the proofs deserve to go! You can nominate one library and/or one primary school. Every eligible nomination will be entered into a prize draw and the winners selected at random. So the more nominations your school or library gets, the better their chance is of being drawn as a winner.

This is the final week of the draw, to nominate your school or library click here

Competition closes on Sunday 31st October.

Reading groups competition – win a flip cam courtesy of Booktrust

The Booktrust is offering teenage reading groups in libraries a fantastic opportunity to report on this year’s Booktrust Teenage Prize. It would be great if you could pass on this information to any colleagues running teenage reading groups in your libraries.

To enter the competition, reading groups just need to tell us, in 300 words, why their reading group should be ‘reporters’ on this year’s Teenage Prize for Groupthing. The reporting will take place from September to November.

The winning reading group will receive a flip cam which can be used to produce short videos of reviews of the books, debates, and events to tie in with the Prize. They will also receive one set of books and three sets of tickets to attend the awards ceremony in November in London.* The videos will be shown on Groupthing and the Booktrust website.

Please submit your entries to by 5pm on Friday 20 August.

The winning reading group will be announced the week beginning 23 August, and the flip cam and books will be delivered to the reading group in time for the shortlist announcement on 7 September.
There will also be a set of books for the runners-up.

*Please note that travel expenses to the awards ceremony are not included.


The Embassy of Japan is once again launching the major manga-writing competition, MANGA JIMAN 2010, with fantastic prizes and open to anyone fourteen (14)* years of age or over.

The amazing First Prize is two (2) return air tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways!**
The Second Prize is a fabulous TOSHIBA laptop computer.
Third Prize is a superb digital camera from RICOH UK Ltd
Runners-up will receive and a selection of manga publications, available in the UK from various UK manga publishers amongst others prizes.
The winners’ works will also be displayed in a special MANGA JIMAN EXHIBITION at the Embassy of Japan.

This competition is open to all UK residents. All creations should be original and between six (6) to eight (8) A4-sized pages in length and although entrants are free to choose their own theme, restrictions do apply, and importantly the manga should in some way make reference to nami or ‘wave’. The closing date for the submission of entries is Monday, 1 November 2010.

Should you wish to enter, please read the full MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2010 RULES & REGULATIONS and then carefully fill out and submit the official entry form along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman 2010 Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

* The competition is open to all legal residents of the United Kingdom who are, or will be, over the age of fourteen (14) by 1 January 2011.

**Terms and conditions apply.