Scholastic will launch a new prize today (10th April) to find a “brilliant” new children’s author in the UK and Ireland. The prize, organised by Scholastic and Italian luxury stationery supplier Montegrappa—in association with the London Book Fair, Luigi Bonomi Associates (LBA) and the Independent—is open to unpublished authors of books for children aged seven to 12.
Jacks Thomas, director of LBF, said the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing is looking for the next big voice in children’s literature. “Working with a great children’s publisher, a leading literary agency, a highly acclaimed sponsor and a national newspaper really sums up how lots of elements are brought together at LBF,” she said.
The judging panel comprises Cerrie Burnell, author and TV presenter; Samantha Smith, fiction publisher at Scholastic; Louise Lamont, children’s agent at LBA; and the Independent‘s books editor Arifa Akbar.
Entrants must submit the first 5,000 words of their book via www.scholastic.co.uk/montegrappaprize by 2nd June.
The shortlist will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.
The winner, revealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, will receive a publishing deal with Scholastic, literary agent representation with LBA, and a trip to Venice courtesy of Montegrappa.