WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE . . .

The winner of our Tales for Teens Competition is Laila Murphy with her opening chapters of   SCHOOL CAN BE MURDER, a funny and gripping mystery.

Our thanks to everyone who entered our competition - the standard of entries was very high and we thoroughly enjoyed reading them all.

And finally...

An enormous THANK YOU to our guest judges who gave of their extremely precious time with huge enthusiasm and generosity,

Amber & Jo


The Tales for Teens Competition

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TALES FOR TEENS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE JUDGES ARE BUSILY ASSESSING THE MANY WONDERFUL ENTRIES WE'VE RECEIVED.

YOU CAN CHECK BACK HERE ON MAY 31ST 2016 IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE WHO WON.


Here at Skylark HQ, we've been beavering away, planning Skylark Literary’s exciting new Tales for Teens Competition to find dazzling and original talent in children’s writing!

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As part of our agency’s aim to seek out and support the best writing for young people, and following the fabulous success of our Magical Competition for middle-grade fiction last year, we are now on the lookout for outstanding writing for Young Teens. So if you are an unagented, unpublished writer with a gem in your bottom drawer or a twinkle of an idea in your mind – now is your time to shine!

While we at Skylark love a good, edgy top-end YA novel, we thought that it was time to find something uplifting and wonderful for slightly younger readers. We want to see compelling voices with strong characters and a gripping story, but without all the sex, drugs and rock and roll... (well, maybe a little bit of rock and roll!).

Essentially, we want an unputdownable read for 13-15 year olds!

The Guest Judges

Once again, we have a starry panel of guest judges! This year we are honoured to have on our panel:

Lauren Fortune, Senior Commissioning Editor, Fiction, Scholastic Children’s Books

Ellen Holgate, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Florentyna Martin, Children’s New Titles Buyer, Waterstones

The Prize

The prize will be a one-to-one editorial critique of your finished manuscript by phone, or in person (locations allowing), with Joanna and/or Amber. We will suggest ways in which you could polish and perfect your novel to improve its chances of representation and publication, and seek to answer any queries you may have about the children's publishing industry in general. 

The Deadline!

The deadline for competition entries is Easter Sunday (27th March 2016). So CLICK HERE for how to enter together with the full terms and conditions.