Searchlight Writing for Children Awards 2022 is open for entries.

There are two competition categories: Best Picture Book (text only) and Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults.

Winners will be chosen by BBC Children’s Writer and Director Kayleigh Keam and Literary Agent Amber Caravéo. The top ten stories in both categories will feature in an agent/publisher pitch book, as well as published in an annual anthology. First prize: £500 – picture book, £1000 – novel opening.

The entry fee is £9 for a picture book, £14 for a novel opening.

Find out more here.

Competition deadline: 22nd August