The sister competition of the Bath Novel Award (which has been running since 2013), The Bath Children’s Novel Award is seeking the best new children’s authors. The competition is open to books that are unpublished, self-published or even independently published, and the following are accepted: YA novels; novels for teens; children’s novels; early readers; chapter books and the text of picture books.
Entries should include up to 5,000 words of your novel along with a one-page synopsis. Picture book entries should be text only of up to three books in a single submission with a short synopsis for each story.
The entry fee of £29 is on the high side when it comes to writing competitions. But then the judges and readers need to assess 5,000 words for each entry (rather than something like 300 for flash fiction entries), so it is understandable. And the top prize of £3,000 is also very nice indeed.