Publisher Chicken House is asking teenagers to upload videos onto YouTube about the books they would like to persuade other people to read to win the chance to be a judge on the 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Entrants must be aged between 14 and 18 and can apply to take part by uploading their 1-3 minute video to YouTube, then emailing a link to ChickenHouseYoungJudge@riotcommunications.com, by 30th October.
The teenager with the best video will be asked to join the competition’s judging panel, which includes Chicken Houes publisher Barry Cunningham and Waterstones’ children’s book buyer Melissa Cox, and will win 50 Chicken House books, four VIP passes to the Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016, and travel and accommodation for the judging event.
Four runners-up will also receive a library of fifty Chicken House books each.
Cunningham said: “We’re looking for original, engaging and exciting video entries; the more imaginative, the better. Demonstrate your love of children’s books, your passion for reading and your powers of persuasion and you could have a hand in finding a future bestseller.”
The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is for unpublished writers and has been running annually since 2008.
The winner of the 2015 prize was Laurel Remington for The Secret Cooking Club, which will be published in 2016.