NLT and Bloomsbury Children's launch unpublished authors prize

NLT and Bloomsbury Children's launch unpublished authors prize

The National Literacy Trust (NLT) and Bloomsbury Children’s Books are launching a prize to find unpublished authors of middle grade fiction.

The New Children's Author Prize offers aspiring authors fiction for children aged 8-12 the chance to win a publishing contract with Bloomsbury and an advance payment of £5,000.

To enter the competition, entrants must pay £30 to submit a 20-40,000 word children’s story, with a 350-word synopsis and a 1,000 word passage highlighted for judging in the early rounds, to author.prize@literacytrust.org.uk by 30 September 2014.

Bloomsbury will choose a shortlist of six authors before a judging panel of author Katherine Rundell, critic Nicolette Jones, Bloomsbury Children’s editorial director Ellen Holgate, and NLT director Jonathan Douglas choose the winner. The prizegiving ceremony will take place in March 2015.

The NLT says it will use the money gathered from entrance fees to continue its work in improving literacy across the country.