The Marvellous Middle-Grade Competition – How to Enter

Entries must be made by email only to Please note that any hard-copy entries will not be accepted or returned.

Entries are limited to fiction aimed at middle-grade readers (i.e. readers aged 8-12 years).

Entries must take the form of a one-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 4,000 words of the novel (whichever is shorter) submitted by email as attached Word or pdf documents. The ‘subject’ of your email should read ‘Competition: [insert title of your novel] by [insert your author name]’.

Entries must include the anticipated word-count of the full novel.

The deadline for entries is midnight (UK time) on Christmas Eve, 24th December 2018.

Please make sure you’ve read our Terms and Conditions below and our Privacy Notice before entering.

Terms & Conditions


  • The Marvellous Middle-Grade Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English, aged 18 years old or over at the time of the competition closing date.

  • Entrants must be unpublished in the field of fiction and unagented, except only that self-published authors are eligible provided that they have only ever been self-published and not published by any outside agency, and that the work they are entering in the Marvellous Middle-Grade Competition has never been published or self-published in any form including digital.

  • Entries are limited to one per person.

  • Authors must submit their competition entry themselves.

  • Entries must be entirely the original work of the entrant. By entering you are confirming that the work is your own.

  • Entries must be in English.

  • Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made.


  • Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Skylark Literary will have the unrestricted right to publish the author’s name and extracts from their work on the Skylark Literary website or in other promotional material.

The Prize

  • The winner as decided by the judges will receive a one-to-one editorial critique of their finished manuscript either via telephone – or in person if a suitable meeting location can be found – with Joanna Moult or Amber Caravéo. The one-to-one discussion to last at least one hour.

  • There is no alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable.


  • The directors of Skylark Literary will construct a shortlist from the entries. The shortlisted entries will be shared with the guest judges and a winner selected.

  • The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • Skylark Literary reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.


  • Skylark Literary will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation with regard to your personal data. We will not pass on your email address to any third parties.

  • Due to the high volume of submissions, Skylark Literary is unable to contact all entrants to inform them of progress. Entrants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by email and then the winner will be contacted on or before 30th April 2019. Any entrant not contacted by that date should assume they have been unsuccessful.

  • Any shortlisted authors may be contacted in order to confirm eligibility.

  • The winner will be notified by the end of April 2019. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner before this date. If the winner cannot be contacted, does not respond to email within two weeks or is not available, Skylark Literary reserves the right to select another winner from entries which were received before the closing date.

  • The name of the winner will be announced on the Skylark Literary website on or before 30th April 2019.

  • The Marvellous Middle-Grade Competition and Terms & Conditions will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

  • Entry to the competition will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Marvellous Middle-Grade Competition Terms & Conditions and the Skylark Literary Limited Privacy Policy. Failure to act in accordance with the Terms & Conditions may result in disqualification.

  • Skylark Literary reserves the right to amend these Terms & Conditions if it deems it necessary. Any changes to the Terms & Conditions will be posted on the Skylark Literary website.