The Short Story Prize 2017, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, is set to unearth brilliant new talent in children’s writing across the UK.
The writing competition challenges unpublished authors to capture children’s imaginations with a short story that gives a well-known fairy tale a modern twist. Entries should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words, aimed at children aged 8 to 12.
The top 10 stories will be published in an eBook anthology by Bloomsbury, the renowned publishers of titles by J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman and Louis Sachar.
The launch of the Short Story Prize 2017 comes after a new national celebration of creative writing was announced earlier this month. National Writing Day on 21 June 2017 encourages people to put pen to paper and unleash their imagination.
Early bird entry fee (until midnight 31 March 2017) for first submissions is £15. After this, full first entry is £30 (subsequent submissions £15). The competition closes at midnight on 25 June 2017.