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To celebrate the new, revised edition of the Guide to Writing For Children & YA publishing, we’re teaming up with its author Linda Strachan, to offer a new writing competition exclusively for unpublished writers of children’s MG and YA fiction.

The winner of our Writing For Children & YA competition will receive editorial feedback on their writing from our judge –acclaimed author of over 70 books for children, Linda Strachan– as well as a complimentary place at our How To Write for Children & Young Adults conference held at Bloomsbury Publishing on Saturday 29th February 2020. The winner will also receive a copy of the new Guide to Writing For Children & YA, and a copy of the latest edition of the Children's Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

Five highly-commended entries will also receive a copy of the Children's Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and a copy of the new Writing For Children & YA guide.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a sample of your writing – the beginning of your current work-in-progress – and this must be no more than 2,000 words, as well as a synopsis to match your current work-in-progress. Your synopsis should be no longer than a single side of A4. 

Please note that we're not accepting picture book entries for this competition (but do keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities soon!) 

You need to be registered to the W&A website in order for your entry to be considered, and must submit your entry to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com with the subject line Writing For Children & YA Competition.

The closing date for entries is midnight Monday 9th December. The shortlist will be announced on the blog pages of our site on Friday 13th December with the winner, as chosen by Linda will be announced on Monday 16th December.

To Enter

To enter this competition you need to submit:

• A piece of prose of no more than 2,000 words, of your current work-in-progress, attached to your email in a.doc or .pdf format

• A synopsis to match your current work-in-progress, attached to your email in a.doc or .pdf format

• Your piece of prose must be from either a children's Middle Grade  or YA (Young Adult) novel.

Please note that we're not accepting picture book entries for this competition (but do keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities soon!) 

• Please include your name and contact details in your email. You can also include a short pitch your work-in-progress. 

Remember to submit your entry to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com using the subject Writing for Children & YA Competition. 

Eligibility

For your entry to be eligible for consideration you must:

• Be over 18 and living in the UK or ROI 

• Have never had a publishing contract for any of your writing 

• Be unagented

• Submit an original piece of writing which must be either part of a  children's Middle Grade novel or YA novel

Prizes

The winner will receive the following:

• A critique on their writing from best-selling author Linda Strachan including a phone call/Skype to discuss your next steps as a writer

• A complimentary place at our How To Write for Children & Young Adults conference on Saturday 29th February 2020, featuring industry experts, a writing workshop of your choice, and literary agents.

• A copy of the latest edition of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

• A copy of the new edition of the Guide To Writing For Children & YA by Linda Strachan

The other five shortlisted writers will receive the following:

• A copy of the latest edition of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

• A choice of one of our Writing Companion Guide series

• A copy of the new edition of the Guide To Writing For Children & YA by Linda Strachan

Judge

Linda Strachan is the author of over 70 books. She writers for a wide range of ages from picture books to young adult novels. These include the bestselling Hamish McHaggis series, Middle Grade fact//fiction The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites and award-winning YA novels, Spider, Dead Boy Talking and Don't Judge Me. Linda is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and an experienced creative writing tutor.

Terms & Conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for Writing For Children & YA Competition

1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

2. The competition is open to all professions and nationalities, however you must live in the UK & IRELAND to be eligible. 

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

4. Writers may submit one entry only.

5. All entries must be in prose and written in English.

6. You must be at least 18 years-old to enter.

7. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for our newsletter via our site if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on www.writersandartists.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where competition updates will also be posted.

8. Entries must be submitted via email to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com with the subject heading: "Writing For Children & YA Competition". Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry must be sent in a Word/PDF attachment. As long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.

9. Your entry must be submitted before midnight Monday 9th December. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

10. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry on www.writersandartists.co.uk in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

11. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

12. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

13. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

14. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this prize without notice.

15. The winner of the competition will be notified in December 2019 and the winning entry will be published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

16. Prizes must be taken by 29th February 2020 and are subject to availability.

17. The winning prize cannot be exchanged for the monetary equivalent. 

18. The decision of the competition judge will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

19. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

20. There is no obligation on Bloomsbury Publishing PLC to publish any of the entrants to the short story submission, in print or in eBook, or to offer any sort of editorial advice.

21. Please send direct competition queries to waybcustomerservices@bloomsbury.com. Any sent to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com will not be answered.