Writing For Children

The ‘main’ Munch Bunch children’s story writing competition has now finished (the winner got £1000! Wow! I entered but mooost disappointingly, didn’t come anywhere). If you want to read the winning story and the runners-up, have a look here.

But, as a bit of a consolation, Morrisons supermarket has joined forces with Munch Bunch and launched another competition for a 600 -800 word children’s story, which has to start with the line ‘Once upon a Munch Time there was a cow called Munch…’ . Details here.

The closing date is 15th October 2011, so there’s plenty of time and you also get the chance to design the book cover (either yourself or with your children, if you have any). The prize is not quite as good as the main competition, but there’s still the opportunity to see your story made into a real book and you could win a family farm weekend adventure (and there are two runners-up prizes of £100 book tokens). It’s also free to enter.

Worth a go if you fancy trying to write a children’s story?

And if you’re particularly interested in writing and publishing children’s literature, then you might like to listen to this panel discussion which took place at Warwick University earlier this year and which they’ve kindly put on the web. Click here.

The 5 panelists have varying literature-based backgrounds and share their advice on how best to approach writing a book and getting over the many hurdles you’ll face. It’s useful even if children’s writing is not particularly your ‘thing’, as they tackle topics that are relevant to all writers, such as how does it feel to have your first book published and what obstacles do aspiring writers face?

It’s long – but interesting – and you could always have it on in the background while you’re doing something else (like the dreaded ironing?!).

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