Courses and Competitions: The Big Idea Competition

big idea compDo you have an idea for a story that children will love?

The Big Idea Competition is giving you the chance of seeing your idea transformed into a book, TV, movie or theatre production!

The judges are Tess Daly, Neil Blair, Barry Cunningham, Debra Haywood, Philip Ardagh and Sonia Friedman. The closing date for entries is 2nd September 2014.

All you have to do is come up with an original story for children and tell the judges in 500 words (they ask you don’t exceed 750 words,) about your story using the following questions:

. Who’s in it?

. What happens?

. Who’s it for?

. When and where?

To enter, follow the instructions on the entry form which can be found on The Big Idea Competition’s website along with more information including details on where to send your entry, as well as the terms and conditions:


The prizes for winning include one winner receiving £1000 in cash and the promise that their idea will become the inspiration for a complete story written by a successful children’s author, and be published as a book worldwide.

(The winner will be named alongside the author and offered an agreed royalty on every book sold. Plus, their story will be presented for TV, film, theatre and more.)

5 Runners-up will also win a £1000 cash prize and the chance of seeing their idea turned into a book, TV, film or more.


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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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