Courses and Competitions: Mslexia’s Children’s Novel Competition 2016

WebsiteimageAre you an unpublished female novelist or are you thinking of writing a children’s novel? Mslexia are now taking submissions for their 2016 Children’s Novel Competition.

This competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) as well as Young Adult and can be in any genre.

The first prize is £5,000 and five finalists will also receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

It is £25 per novel to enter and you’ll need to submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel (which needs to be at least 15,000 words to qualify.)

This year, the judges are award-winning novelist, Anne Fine, literary agent, Claire Wilson and Charlotte Eyre who is children’s editor for the Bookseller.

For more information, the competition rules and FAQs visit You can also email or you can call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person if you have any questions about your entry.

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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