september, 2020

14sep1:00 am1:00 amSustainable Societies Children’s Novel CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free ,
Max word count: 2,500 ,
Top Prize: £200 ,

Top Prize

£200

Max word count

2,500

Entry Fee

Free

Sustainable Societies Children’s Novel Competition

Event Details

We are looking for stories for children that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. We will consider all genres, and the story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly – but stories must include green solutions.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories.

The first output from our green stories short stories competition is now available to buy ‘Resurrection Trust‘ – a collection of funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably. It has a foreword by Caroline Lucas and review by Jonathon Porritt. It’s £3.99/£7.99 available on Amazon or even better https://www.hive.co.uk/ which allows you support your local bookshop. Writers may find it a useful source of ideas.

Length:There will be two categories with corresponding suggested length: preschool/ illustrated books (2-6) max 1000 words; young readers category (7-11) max 2,500 words.

Prizes: £400: £200 for best pre-school/illustrated book (aimed at age 2-6) and £200 for best novel in young reader’s category.

Eligibility: Open to all, as long as it has not been published elsewhere. All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story.  Entries must be submitted via the link below.

Route to publication: We have agreement from a literary agent from the top agency Curtis Brown to read the top entries and consider any writers they think suitable for representation.

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