A fairy tale writing competition for unpublished authors who want to write for children
Have you always wanted to re-write a classic fairy tale?
Perhaps you would you like Sleeping Beauty to be a little less passive or feel that Gretel should be given the feminist icon status she deserves. Now’s your chance.
However, there is good news and bad news about this competition.
First the good news:
The National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing (of Harry Potter fame) are running a new competition that allows unpublished authors to capture children’s imaginations with a short story that gives a well-known fairy tale a modern twist.
What the winners get:
The top 10 winning stories will be published in an ebook charity anthology by Bloomsbury Publishing, that will be sold in aid of the National Literacy Trust.
There’s also a prize of £200 per winning story (I take that to mean all 10 writers will get £200)
The talented ten will be able to use the “Short Story Prize 2017 Winner” logo for the their website, social media and publications
There will be publicity via Bloomsbury and the National Literacy Trust
The short story has to be between 2,000 and 4,000 words and aimed at children aged 8 to 12 and you also need to submit a 350 word synopsis, themed around re-imagining fairy tales
Deadline: 5pm on 25 June 2017.
Now for the bad news: Entry fees
Early bird entry £15 (available until midnight 31 March 2017)
Full entry £30 (after 31 March 2017)
This is the kind of hefty fee usually attached to a novel competition and with so much reading to do, you can understand why the organisers charge so much. However, this is the most expensive short story competition I’ve come across. One thing for sure is that only people serious about their writing will enter. Perhaps that is one of the reasons Bloomsbury and NLT have set the entry fees so high. I assume the other reason is because this a fundraiser venture for a worthy cause.
Is it still worth entering?
If you can afford it, if you’re confident about your writing and if you really want to write for children, then yes, it is. One of the things that the competition offers is the chance to come to the attention of one of the world’s leading children’s publishers and that is something you can’t put a price on.
Lots more information HERE and make sure someone else double checks your entry before you send it off. It is so easy to break a rule without realising it (like exceeding the word limit or putting your name on your entry).