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The IET/Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize

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The IET want to change that, so they’re running a story competition with just one rule – the central character must be a Difference Maker who is engineering a better world.

Every year The Times and Chicken House Books run their Children’s Fiction Competition, for unpublished and unagented writers of fiction for readers aged 7 to 18. To celebrate our anniversary IET have joined forces to offer an extra prize – the IET 150 Award.

The IET 150 Award celebrates the intersection between creativity and science and will be awarded for a complete fiction manuscript that broadly explores or celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £10,000 advance (subject to contract) and an offer of representation by a top literary agent.

They’re looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love! The IET recognises the positive value of diversity and we welcome and encourage entries from everybody, regardless of their background.

The prize will have a shortlist of three to be judged by a separate panel including Barry Cunningham, a nominee from the IET and a star author, to be announced. You don’t need to do anything extra to be considered for the IET 150 Award; simply enter the competition as normal.

See here for further details.

The competition will close for entries on 14 May 2021 at 11.59pm GMT.

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