Saturday 31 May 2014

The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing - Deadline 2 days time 2nd June

Publisher Scholastic and Italian maker of luxury writing instruments Montegrappa, in association with literary agency LBA Books, The London Book Fair (LBF) and The Independent newspaper, are delighted to announce a new prize to find a brilliant new children’s author.

The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing is looking for a dazzling new talent writing fiction for children aged 7-12 years. The prize is open to unpublished authors aged over eighteen from the UK and Ireland.

The winning writer will receive a publishing deal with Scholastic, literary agent representation with LBAand a weekend for two in Venice to visit the home of Montegrappa where they will be presented with one of the company’s world-famous handmade pens.

The judging panel includes: Cerrie Burnell, children’s author, Cbeebies presenter and patron of Booktrust; Samantha Smith, Fiction Publisher at Scholastic; Louise Lamont, Children’s Agent at LBA; and Arifa Akbar, Books Editor at The Independent.

Entrants must submit the first 5,000 words of their novel written in English, a one-page synopsis and a short author biography by 2 June, 2014. Please see full submission details and criteria in the terms and conditions below.

The shortlist will be announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2014. The winner will be announced at Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2014 and the winning novel will be published for The London Book Fair in April 2015.

Email your submission to by 2 June 2014.

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