september, 2021

30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!First Chapter CompetitionA Competition for Children’s Writers IrelandEntry Fee:Free Max word count:3000 Top Prize:Mentor and Publishing Pack

Event Details

Open Competition Call, Award Mentorship, First Chapter Competition

Rontu Literary Service’s First Annual Chapter Competition invites children’s book writers to submit their first 3,000 words of their current work in progress to win a publishing pack.

  • There is no fee required for entry

  • All submissions for Rontu’s First Chapter Competition should be original, unpublished fiction in Children’s Literature. Submit up to 3,000 words in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced.

  • All rights stay with their respective authors.

  • This is NOT a guarantee of publication.

  • Opening date for submissions is: Sept. 15, 2021

  • Closing date for submissions is: Sept. 30, 2021

  • Shortlist will be announced in: October 2021

  • Winner will be announced in: November 2021

Grainne O’Brien has been the Children’s Book Buyer at O’Mahony’s, one of the largest independent booksellers open since 1902, for the last nine years. She’s taught creative writing workshops at 3rd level, and is the Head of Publishing at Walls of Limerick. She co-founded Silver Apples Magazine in 2014 and has gone on to publish many talented emerging writers within it. Her philosophy for feedback on writing is that it shouldn’t be coarsely critical, rather respectful of the work that’s been presented with constructive critiques. She’s been published, and rejected, many times.
Readers report on your full manuscript.

This report includes guidelines on plot, character development, structure and any other issue that catches the eye and may potentially take the reader out of the story. The report is a minimum of four pages.

Completed manuscripts must be at least 10,000 words. We are sorry but this competition is not open to picturebooks at this time.

Underrepresented groups strongly encouraged to apply!

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