Macmillan Children's launches literary prize

Macmillan Children’s Books is launching a £10,000 literary prize to be judged by independent booksellers and their customers.

Write Now! is aimed at unpublished fiction authors, who can win the chance to be published by Macmillan Children’s Books, as well as the cash prize.

The competition opens on the 1st June and is open for un-agented UK-based authors aged 18 and over. The books should be aimed at children aged between nine and 16 years old.

Editors Rachel Petty and Emma Young came up with the idea for the prize as part of Macmillan’s Innovation from Within programme, which supported the launch of the Bello digital imprint last year. Petty said: “We wanted to think of a way to attract new and exciting talent to our fiction list.”