Courses and Competitions: New Children’s Author Prize 2015.

logoNational Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Children’s Books want to find talented new authors of children’s fiction.

They are inviting you to submit your stories for eight to twelve-year-olds.

The first prize will be a publishing contract with Bloomsbury (including advance payment of £5,000 for your work,) as well as the use of  “Winner of the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust,” and a prize ceremony in your honour, with press, authors and publishers in attendance.

Shortlisted authors will get the use of “Runner up in the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust,” as well as signed book bundles plus an invitation to attend the prize ceremony with the opportunity to meet agents, editors, press and others.

The competition will be closed for entries on 30 September 2014 at 5pm.

Entry costs £30. Additional entries by the same person are £15. (You will be given a code for this discount once you have made payment for your first entry.) All proceeds go to the National Literacy Trust.

All proceeds from entry fees will help the National Literacy Trust continue their vital work improving literacy across the country. Every entrant will receive exclusive tips on writing for children from Katherine Rundell. Early rounds of the competition will be judged by their experts, with the winners selected from the shortlist by a panel of judges, including children’s author Katherine Rundell and author and critic Nicolette Jones.

For more details on the competition, judges, competition requirements, how to enter the competition and terms and conditions, visit the National Literary Trust website at



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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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