Thursday, 21 August 2014

The A. M. Heath Irish Children’s Prize #seanocarolan #writing #contests #children's #Writingcontests #writingcompetitions #opportunities #Ireland #Irish

The A. M. Heath Irish Children’s Prize €1000 Prize

This contest is open to un-agented children’s book writers born or resident in Ireland (or those who hold an Irish passport), and writing in English.

To get a good sense of the voice, concept and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description of the book (a few lines) AND a one page outline that shows the spine of the story. Please send this as a Word doc attachment to
If you’re submitting a picture book (or shorter fiction that comes in under 5,000 words), then please send the complete text.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Submissions open on August 19th and the Deadline is October 20th 2014
The shortlist will be announced on October 27th, and the winner will be announced on November 3rd.
The winner will be awarded a prize of €1,000. Three runners up will receive a bundle of children’s books written by Irish writers.

A. M. Heath is running the prize in order to support new Irish writing talent, and to find a debut star. We will offer representation if we find an author, or authors, whose writing we love.
Do follow @juliachurchill and @DavidMaybury on twitter for updates. And if you have any questions about submitting, please send them to
About A. M. Heath
A. M. Heath is one of the UK’s leading literary agencies. We represent established contemporary authors, rising stars and some of the iconic writers of the 20th Century. Our focus is on working with authors to exploit the potential of their writing in as many arenas as possible. Our agents work closely together to ensure that we cover all areas of the business and each author benefits from the shared expertise of our tight-knit and supportive team.

We are also proud to represent several major literary estates, including the Streatfeild and Aiken estates.
About Scholastic

Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at

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