Best Chapter Book for 5-8-year-olds 2024

Submissions from 16th November 2023 to 1st February 2024

Entries are invited for our exciting new competition – Best Chapter Book for 5-8-year-old readers.

It can be a stand-alone story or part of a series. All you need to submit is the first chapter and a short pitch that tells us what the book is about.


Top 10 Shortlisted Entries

Your entry included in Searchlight’s Pitch Book of winning stories, which is sent to literary agents and publishers to help your work get noticed.

Your entry and biography included in our Winners’ Gallery on the Searchlight Awards’ website, which agents, publishers, friends and family can access.

First Prize

All the above, with your story recognised as the Competition Winner, a £350 cash prize and a one-to-one call with our agent judge.

Key Information

Submissions from 16th November 2023 to 1st February 2024, midnight UK time

Judge: Katie Blagden of The Bright Agency

Word limit: Chapter – maximum 1000 words. Pitch – maximum 80 words.

Entry fee per story: £12

Results published: 31st May 2024

Please read the rules below before entering the competition

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