Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is a new competition for aspiring authors writing for children or young adults. Their aim is to create opportunities for emerging authors of children’s fiction to be recognised.

Entries are invited for the Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults Competition, up to 1,000 words. Literary agent Chloe Seager of Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency will judge the competition. She says, ‘Much like Children’s and YA writing, great short stories are a very specific craft. Every sentence, really every word, has to be selected with care and must propel the story…’

How to Enter
Short stories must be 1000 words or less and be suitable for a child or young adult. The entry fee per story is £10. Enter via their website.

The ten shortlisted stories will feature in an electronic pitch book called The Winners’ Collection and be sent to numerous literary agents/publishers who have requested it. These stories will also be published in an annual printed anthology. First prize includes a cash award of £500.

Competition deadline: 1st March 2022