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Ten Stories to Make a Difference: Writing Competition, Pop Up Projects


In January 2021 Pop Up Projects celebrates 10 years of transforming children’s lives through literature. To mark this special occasion, we’re commissioning and publishing ten original short stories for young readers. To make this venture especially unique, five famous illustrators will illustrate stories by five emerging writers, and five emerging illustrators will illustrate stories by five famous writers.

We’re seeking entries from exceptionally talented young writers with ambitions to become children’s authors. Entrants might be just starting out on their careers, and may have been published once or twice already. Entrants must be under 26 years old at the time of submission date (30th July). Because one of Pop Up’s core values is to tackle the low level of minority perspectives in children’s literature by empowering the next generation of diverse voices, we particularly encourage writers of colour, writers with special educational needs, writers with disabilities, and writers who identify as LGBTQ+ to enter.

For more details and how to enter, see the full brief here

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