Competitions and Giveaways

Literary competition for The Children’s Society ends soon!

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The Children’s Society UK offers a literary competition in collaboration with their Seriously Awkward campaign.

The Seriously Awkward campaign deals with complex issues facing teenagers like mental health,  domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty. Even though 16 and 17 year olds are still considered children, the support offered by the government is shocking. At 18, it stops altogether and the child is suddenly considered an adult. The Children’s Society UK are calling on the UK Government to give these teens as much support as they need as they transition into adulthood.

The literary competition has been designed to shine a light on issues facing 16-17 year olds. Using themes of the changes, difficulties, and complexities involved with teenagers, writers are encouraged to come up with a maximum of 2,000 words about being 16-17 years old.

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BAME Short Story Competition Shortlisters Announced

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The BAME Short Story Competition from The Guardian/Fourth Estate was announced back in April 2018 and six finalists have now been announced.

The competition was created to help promote the work of British Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers who have been vastly underrepresented in the publishing world.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

The six finalists for this year’s competition have been announced- with stories about pixies and changeling children, Grenfell Tower, grief and music, and more.

The overall winner will be announced on the 12th of September.

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Lego Ideas gives Lego fans the chance to show off their own creations and hope for it to become a real Lego set. Winners include rocket ships, Lego trophies, 3D perspective illusions, and so much more.

Alongside the contests Lego have thought up themselves, Lego enthusiasts can enter a creation they have made at home. One such person, Lego user Hwachtman, painstakingly designed a house from Coraline (a dark fantasy children’s novella by Neil Gaiman), with an amazing attention to details. It started as a sketch taken from the movie adaptation of the book, and ended up a 3,000 Lego brick construction complete with lights. Any Lego fan can register on the site and vote for their favourite set, in hopes that it will be available to purchase one day.

Check out the images below, and the Lego Ideas website for more details, and to vote!

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BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Competition Winners Announced

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BBC Radio 2’s short story competition ‘500 Words’ has been running for 8 years now- this year headed by Radio 2 Breakfast host Chris Evans. The competition is for children aged between 5 and 13 years, and this year was supported by Oxford University Press to reach over 20,000 schools.

500 Words 2018 has set another record for entries: this year saw over 135,000 people enter with their stories. The stories were read by a team of 5000 volunteers- librarians and teachers from around the UK- before being pared down to the Top 50 by The Reading Agency. The panel of judges, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, had the gruelling task then of selecting three winners from two age categories (5-9 years and 10-13 years).

The final was presented by BBC’s Chris Evans, and was an exciting and glamorous day of live music and story-telling. The six winners were announced on BBC Radio 2 by British and Irish funnymen, David Walliams and Dara O’Briain. There was also music from John Newman, Alexandra Burke and Bastille to round off the celebrations.

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Amazon Launch ‘A Christmas Carol’ Short Story Competition

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Calling all writers, particularly those of short stories. Amazon has launched a Christmas writing competition, open to all adult UK residents, in search of a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. The winner will receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, and see their story published in time for Christmas! Read More

Hairy Faerie Poetry Competition

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The Hairy Faerie

We have another competition for you, we are giving away two copies of The Hairy Faerie by Joseph and Sparkle D’Lacey. This is Joseph’s first foray into Children’s Literature and I have to say it’s really good.

Joseph (and Sparkle of course) have kindly given us two copies of The Hairy Faerie to give away as competition prizes. All you need is a child aged between 5 and 9 (we’d prefer you to have got them in a legitimate manner, no kidnapping please) and we’ll tell you what they need to do in a moment.
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Competition: Love in Eleven Winners

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A couple of weeks ago we hosted our Love in Eleven competition over on Facebook and firstly I’d like to say thank you to all who entered and apologise for the delay in announcing the results. Let me explain.

Immediately after the competition ended I announced the results in a preliminary post on Facebook as I usually do but when counting the votes I noticed that two stories in particular had many, many more votes than the others. I also noticed that one of the winning stories had quite a large typo in it. Although I thought it a little odd, I didn’t give it too much thought, you guys vote for the winners and while they aren’t always my favourites, that’s fine. Read More

Competition: Love in Eleven

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We have a bundle of freebies to give away this week and as we know how much you love our creative competitions it’s time for the next one! Get your pencils out, it’s another teeny-tiny story competition and this time we want ‘Love in Eleven’, a love story in eleven words.

Your story must be precisely eleven words, any variations on this will be discounted. Winners will be decided based on the number of ‘likes’ your story gets on our Facebook page. This time we have three prize bundles to give away and these are shown below along with the competition rules and how to enter.

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Crossword Quest: Win Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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Crossword Quest

Henge is the first book in the Le Fay series by Realm Lovejoy and the author has kindly offered us a copy to give away to you! Henge is modern day Arthurian Legend and our competition is themed around the most famous British legend of them all. Can you complete the quest and win the prize?

We haven’t made them too difficult for you, and all answers are based either in Arthurian Legend, or relate to the prize to be given away.

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