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

We want to change that, so we’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Every year The Times and Chicken House Books run their Children's Fiction Competition, for unpublished and unagented writers of fiction for readers aged 7 to 18.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 we've 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.

We're looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love! We'd particularly like to encourage entry for BAME writers and others from underrepresented backgrounds.

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.

The competition will close for entries on 1 February 2021 at 11.59pm GMT.

The winner will be announced at our celebratory event on Monday, 24 May 2021. For full details, FAQs and entry tips, please visit the competition website. You can find the terms and conditions via the website too.

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