WriteMentor Children’s Novel Awards

WriteMentor runs two different novel awards for writers of children’s fiction.

There is the main award, which opens for entries from December to January 31st. This is for completed manuscripts, and has a separate PB and novel award, judged by separate agent judges.

There is also our Novel-In-Development award, which is based solely on the first 1.5k of your novel, plus synopsis. This award provides feedback for every entry, from 1 adult and 1 child reader.

Entry is usually £10 (plus extra for the feedback option).

More details of each award are below.

Novel and Picture Book Award’s

Opening 1st December and closing 31st January 2021:

For: completed novels of children’s fiction (CB, MG or YA) and picture books

Entry Fee: £10

Prize: £500/£250

Previous Judges: Chloe Seager (Madeleine Millburn Literary), Alice Williams (Alice Williams Literary), Lauren Gardner, Paul Moreton, Justine Smith (Bell Lomax Moreton)

Previous Winners: Alexandra Page, Sue Cunningham, Sophia Payne, Sean Dooley, Stephen James

Other shortlist success stories: Kathryn Foxfield, Amy Borg, Dale Hannah, Louise Finch

Information on current award is here.

Novel-In-Development Award

Opening 1st February and closing 16th May, 2021:

For: completed or uncompleted novels of children’s fiction (CB, MG or YA)

Entry Fee: £10 (plus £10 for feedback)

Prize: 1 year of Spark Mentoring

Previous Judges: Christabel McKinley (David Higham Associates)

Previous Winners: Amanda Thomas

Information on current award is here.

Previous Novel Award posts are below.

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