Monday 7 July 2014

What’s The Big Idea????

You may not have heard of it, but after today you will be buzzing about the Big Idea. Launched in conjunction with The Blair Partnership and Chicken House Publishing, the hunt is on to find the next big story idea for children. You don’t need to be an aspiring writer to enter, you just need an amazing idea!
The UK is well known for creating awesome characters and inspiring tales that constantly capture children’s imaginations. We have such literary greats as JM Barrie, Roald Dahl, not to mention JK. Rowling. Our stories can change the way the world reads. So now it’s time for a new show stopping story.
The competition will be judged by six well known and respected people from the world of media.
  • Tess Daly – TV broadcaster
  • · Neil Blair –  J.K. Rowling’s agent
  • · Barry Cunningham OBE – Children’s publisher
  • · Debra Hayward – Film producer
  • · Sonia Friedman – Theatre producer
  • · Philip Ardagh – Children’s author and literary critic
Working as a team, the judges will pick out six winners, who will all receive £1000 alongside the opportunity to see their idea materialize into reality, through a range of media platforms, including film, TV and gaming. There will also be one overall winner, who will be offered a publishing contract and the promise of their idea being developed by a well-known author.
So what do you need to do to enter? Well that’s easy. Outline an original idea using up to 750 words to describe what happens in your story, the setting and what audience it is aimed at. If you want more advice, then please click here for top tips on entering.  The competition opens today and will stay open until the 2nd of September. The winning ideas will be announced in November.
Need more information? Then check out the media links below.
Twitter: @thebigideacomp
Facebook: The Big Idea Competition
About Chicken House Publishing:
The Chicken House is a small, highly individual children’s book publishing company with an enthusiasm for new fiction. Chicken House books have found huge popularity with children, parents, teachers and librarians around the world.
About The Blair Partnership:
The Blair Partnership is a rights management agency with a strong literary heritage specialising in large-scale commercial properties and projects. They act as J.K. Rowling’s agents and business managers and work in partnership with authors, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and many other rights owners to develop and manage their properties and ideas globally across all platforms and media.

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