Young writers’ competitions

Spring is here and they’re bustin’ out all over. Children’s fiction competitions.

This is great as a few girls have asked me recently how they can get their work noticed (or, as I see it, how they can hone their skills by preparing a piece of work for a professional reader).

The two I’ve heard of recently are:

The Usborne Young Writers’ Award (thanks to David Maybury)


The Wicked Young Writers’ Award (thanks to Amber Kirk)

And if you’re not a writer, don’t worry. The ‘Secret Garden’ competition is to design a cover for the new edition of the book. All you need is coloured pencils, a piece of paper and your imagination! (Oh, and it probably helps to have read the book. Although judging by some recent book covers, not necessarily.)

Secret Garden (thanks to Luisa Plaja at Chicklish)

If you know of any others, please tell me. I’ll make a list and pass them on … And if you’re entering …

Good luck!


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