Calling all storytellers: The Big Idea Competition 2018 has opened for entries!

Have you got an idea for a children’s story? The Big Idea competition is on the hunt to unearth new storytelling talent.

Submit your idea in no more than 750 words to have the chance of seeing it written into a book by a well-known children’s author and published worldwide. It could also be transformed into a film, television series, game or play. The winner and five runners up will also receive £1,000 prize money!

Our brilliant team of judges include awarding winning presenter Angelica Bell; bestselling author, poet and Booktuber Jen Campbell; bestselling children’s author M. G. Leonard; Oliver Hyatt, Creative Director at Blue-Zoo Animation;Managing Director of Chicken House Books Barry Cunningham; and Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership Neil Blair.

2014’s competition received over 1,000 entries. Winner of the competition IT engineer Neal Jackson has seen his idea, The First Aeronauts, publish as a children’s book named Sky Chasers, written by established author Emma Carroll. Runner up Angela McCann has seen her idea published as The Fandom, written by debut author Anna Day. The Fandom has been Chicken House’s fastest-ever selling foreign rights title, with 24 translation rights deals agreed worldwide!

Barry Cunningham says ‘Stories remain the most important currency of our lives. A great idea can come from anyone and anywhere. It’s where the magic of storytelling begins. We’re very proud to be offering the opportunity for someone’s idea to become a reality in the Dragon’s Den of children’s storytelling’.

The competition is open to UK residents age 13 and over. Terms and conditions and details of how to enter will be made available on the website