New Opportunities for Children’s Writers

Among all the excitement of The Ride, I nearly forgot to let you know about other stuff going on in the writing world!

First, there is the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition, open to unpublished women novelists, writing for children and young adults! 1st prize: £5,000. You’ve got a bit of time for this one!

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with   literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel. To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)


For those of you who have something ready to go, you could (and should!) try the Chicken House Open Coop – a one day submission window next week.

Chicken House submission window 25th March, three chapters and cover email: Check it out at

Good luck, everyone!



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