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Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition


February 1, 2021

Who may enter
The competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over.

The entrant must not previously have had commercially published any whole children’s novel in any country.

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is an annual competition organised by The Times and Chicken House, a publishing company in the UK.

 Are you an unpublished and unagented writer with an original and exciting story for 7-to-18-year-olds? If so, why not enter our competition? We’re offering not one but TWO fantastic prizes: The Times/Chicken House Prize and The IET 150 Award.

The competition is for children’s novels for readers aged between 7 and 18. The entry must be a full-length manuscript of no more than 80,000 words, with a suggested minimum of 30,000 words.

Entries must be written in English.

Entries must be the original work of the entrant and not previously commercially published and distributed (self-published works are allowed).

Entry fee

There are two prizes:

• The Times/Chicken House Prize
• The IET 150 Award

By entering the competition, your manuscript will automatically be considered for both prizes.

The Times/Chicken House Prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus an offer of representation from a top literary agent.

The IET 150 Award, sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, celebrates the intersection between creativity and science and will be awarded for a complete fiction manuscript for children aged 7 up to Young Adult that broadly explores or celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £10,000 advance (subject to contract) and an offer of representation by a top literary agent.

How to enter
For further information visit the official website.

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