Competitions are a great way to get your work seen, so any competition that is aimed at debut picture book writers and is judged by picture book supremo Amy Sparkes and superagent Julia Churchill is a must. It’s also sponsored by Writing Magazine which features regular articles by Amy on how to write for children.
Entries of up to 800 words can be in rhyme or prose, and you have plenty of time to hone your masterpieces before submission as the entry window doesn’t open until 1 September 2018 (and closes on 31 October). Prizes include consultations, critiques and cash, but most importantly being a prize winner can be an valuable step towards publication.
Details are on Amy Sparkes’ site and I recommend following her on Twitter to get her Wednesday Writing Tips. And if you need any help prior to submission, why not check out my critique service?
6 thoughts on “The Picture Book Prize 2018”
Brilliant- thanks for this.
so glad I bookmarked your blog post – just submitted my story – wish me luck!
They charge £5 for an entry so how is this free?
You are right, David. My apologies – will amend. Lou
Would you suggest entering the manuscript you are trying to get published or creating something different so you can hold on for publishers on the other?:)
I’d say send your best manuscript, whichever that is. Winning the prize would be a huge boost towards getting published.