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2023 Book for Children Competition

First Prize £750. Second and third prizes £300 and £200. Plus £100 for a local author.

Rachel Hamilton is a part-time literary agent, a lecturer in Creative Writing and the author of six books. Rachel’s experience includes editing and mentoring and, as a literary consultant, she loves helping authors refine their manuscripts and find their voice. She holds a first-class degree in English Literature & Language, as well as Creative Writing qualifications from St Martin’s College and London School of Journalism.

From a neurodiverse family herself, and as someone who has lived in other cultures, Rachel enjoys working with a wide range of voices. She loves books with humour, particularly if it’s edgy, smart, and triggered by characters’ choices, flaws, and foibles. She is also addicted to high-concept, strong-voiced action stories – just the sort that children love!

Make a note: Competitions open on 1 April, and close at midnight on 30 June 2023.
Prize Giving and Poetry Reading takes place on Monday 30 October 2023 as part of the Festival. 

Competitions Archive

Winners of our previous Competitions