Children's writing book competion

WRITERS who fancy themselves as the next JK Rowling are being invited to submit entries to a national children's book writing competition.

The competition, which is open to previously unpublished authors over the age of eighteen, carries a first prize of 2,000, with second and third prizes of 300 and 200 respectively.

The competition is run by The Academy of Children's Writers and a spokesperson said competition is fierce.

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"This is the most prestigious competition for unpublished authors of children's books in the U.K. With over two thousand entries received in 2009 it proved that writers everywhere are on the alert to hear the announcement that the competition is up and running every year."

Independent judges will read the entries and they will be looking for qualities such as originality, imagination, and how the story will appeal to children.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 31st March 2010. Details of winners will be sent to all entrants.

Entry forms, along with competition rules, are available on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope from The Academy of Children's Writers. PO Box 95, Huntingdon, Cambridge, PR28 5RL.

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