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

So, we have teamed up with The Times and Chicken House Books to find a manuscript 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Every year The Times and Chicken House Books run their Children’s Fiction Competition, for unpublished and unagented writers of fiction for readers aged 7 to 18. And for this year only, we 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! 

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.

The competition closed close for entries on 14 May 2021.

The longlist is due to be announced in July, the shortlist in August and the winners in October 2021.

Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for news.

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