To all budding young writers out there, listen up: The Young Writers Prize is a competition you should be entering!
My idol Neil Gaiman (Seriously, “Sandman” is the best graphic novel I’ve ever read) posted this on his Tumblr:
From the questions, I think it’s a safe bet to assume there are a lot of young writers reading this Tumblr.
If you’re aged 18-25, and you write children’s fiction then you should check out the Hotkey Press (a new publisher, headed by Sarah Odedina, who was my editor, and J. K. Rowling’s, at Bloomsbury, and is AWESOME) Guardian competition.
The Guardian and Hot Key Books are launching a search for the next generation of writers of children’s fiction with the Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize.
We are looking for new young writers between the ages of 18 and 25, who write in either of two categories: for ages 9-12 or 13-19. Entrants should be unpublished talents new to the literary world that are passionate about writing for children. The winners, one for each age category, will be selected by a panel of judges who will consult with school children. Each winner will be given editorial support and the chance to be published by Hot Key Books.
Check out the Hot Key Books website to find information on how to enter. The deadline is May 31st, so get writing! Good luck!