The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing

Hello readers,

I wanted to apologize for not having written as much this week…at least not on this blog. I have been churning out fairly regular content on my other blog (Pardon the Disconnect), as the League of Legends competitive season has launched again and there is a lot to talk about on that front. In the land of more excuses, I’ve been running around a lot, which has made it harder to sit down and write. I was out of town last weekend and will be so again this coming weekend. However, I did want to get at least one post done this week so that I’d have something to share on this blog. So I guess the answer to the question is definitely “to blog”.

Anyhoo, let’s talk about this giveaway prize event you can enter, if you’re writing a children’s book!

Scholastic and Montegrappa have teamed up (with help from The Independent, LBA Books, and the London Book Fair) to search for new talent in the field of children’s literature. In order to find the next great new voice for young readers, the group is holding a contest for writers who wish to submit their children’s book. The winner will be represented by an agent from LBA Books and have a publishing contract with Scholastic. He or she will also win a trip to Venice to visit the Montegrappa headquarters and receive one of their luxury pens.

This prize is for residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the book being written should target children between the ages of 7-12. The deadline for submissions is June 2nd. For more information about the contest, you can check out the contest’s site.

I think opportunities like this are pretty awesome and give writers who might otherwise go undiscovered a chance to get signed. In some cases, a contest might provide more motivation to finish and submit a story. In others, having a judge actually read and consider the work might give it more of an opportunity. Most literary agencies have interns read their slush pile, and I think due to this things will occasionally fall through the cracks (though hopefully this never happened at any of the places where I was the slush reader).

Personally I hope we can see other contests like this, or even the same contest open to United States (or maybe just generally international) citizens.

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