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Novel (Children's & Young Adult)


We run our Children’s & Young Adult Novel Competition for women writers every two years (it alternates with our Adult Novel Competition).  

'Winning the novel competition is like having a golden ticket to get agencies to read your book’ Lu Hersey, author of Deep Water

'I met my agent at the talent party you organised for the children’s novel finalists and signed a two-book deal six months later’ Francesca Armour-Chelu, author of Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero

Our 2020 Children's & YA Novel Competition is currently closed and the results will be announced on 1 June 2021. The competition will open again on 1 June 2022.

Our winners and finalists go on to be published at the highest level – including Francesca Armour Chelu with Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero, and Lu Hersey with Deep Water. 

Past judges include Malorie Blackman, Anne Fine, Katherine Rundell and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

The 1st prize is £5,000 and finalists receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and personal introductions to literary agents – the majority are signed as a result. So it’s not just about winning. Past entrants have told us that even being longlisted for this prestigious competition has proved an important stepping-stone in their careers. 

Novel (Children's & Young Adult) Winner
The Flood Child by Emily Randall
Novel (Children's & YA)

The Flood Child by Emily Randall