Fancy yourself as a published children’s author?

A nationwide search to discover the next big story idea for children closes in just two weeks!

Judged by Tess Daly and experts from the book, film, TV and theatre world,
The Big Idea has been encouraging the nation to get creative this summer, offering participants the chance to see their idea nurtured and developed by experts in the world of family entertainment.

The competition challenges convention on how ideas can be brought to life and made into books, film, TV, theatre or gaming.

To enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning,  visit the website and enter before 2nd September 2014:  www.thebigideacompetition.co.uk.

Entering couldn’t be easier, and creative writing ability isn’t a requirement – entrants simply need to outline their original idea in up to 750 words, describing what happens in the story, who’s in it, where it takes place and the type of audience it’s intended for.

The Big Idea is working with six respected judges who have a wealth of relevant industry experience between them, including J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair.

The winners will each receive £1,000, plus the chance to see their idea come to life, with one overall winner offered the prize of a publishing contract and the promise of their idea being nurtured, developed and written by a well-known author. As Neil Blair explains, ‘The Big Idea is an exciting new way to bring new children’s stories to life by going to the heart of every one of them: the big idea at their core.’

The overall winner’s publishing contract will be in line with industry standards, with a shared royalty on every copy sold. The six winners could additionally see their idea work across a variety of media platforms, including film, TV, gaming, websites, apps and stage, with a commensurate royalty share.

Tess Daly adds, ‘All the best children’s books come from a great idea, and a great idea can come from anywhere! I’ve joined forces with The Big Idea to celebrate Britain’s talent for storytelling and creativity. There are so many people who have a seed of an idea for a book, film or TV programme but don’t know what to do with it, so this is their chance to get support from the best. I love sharing and making up my own stories with my children – so I can’t wait to help uncover the next big story idea to be loved by adults and children alike.’

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Written by Joycellyn Akuffo

Founder and editor of www.motherswhowork.co.uk, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out www.geekschool.co.uk) and journalist.

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