‘All the best children’s books come from a great idea, and a great idea can come from anywhere! I’ve joined forces with The Big Idea to celebrate Britain’s talent for storytelling and creativity. There are so many people who have a seed of an idea for a book, film or TV programme but don’t know what to do with it, so this is their chance to get support from the best. I love sharing and making up my own stories with my children – so I can’t wait to help uncover the next big story idea to be loved by adults and children alike.’ Tess Daly
As soon as I heard about The Big Idea Competition I thought it was really worth flagging gup to readers of Being a Mummy because it is such a brilliant idea for the school holidays. Open to everyone from 13 years upwards, entering couldn’t be easier, and creative writing ability isn’t a requirement – entrants simply need to outline their original idea in up to 750 words, describing what happens in the story, who’s in it, where it takes place and the type of audience it’s intended for. Just visit the website for creative advice and look out for top tips and inspiration on The Big Idea’s social media channels.
If you’ve been telling tall tales to the children this holiday. Or your older children have been amusing you and themselves with stories, then entering into this competition seems to me the logical next step. In fact, i’m going to enter myself. Please note the closing date is the 2nd September so you need to be quick!
The Big Idea is working with six respected judges who have a wealth of relevant industry experience between them:
· 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
The judges will work together to choose six winning ideas. The winners will each receive £1000 plus the chance to see their idea come to life, with one overall winner offered the prize of a publishing contract and the promise of their idea being nurtured, developed and written by a well-known author. As Neil Blair explains, ‘The Big Idea is an exciting new way to bring new children’s stories to life by going to the heart of every one of them: the big idea at their core.’
The overall winner’s publishing contract will be in line with industry standards, with a shared royalty on every copy sold. The six winners could additionally see their idea work across a variety of media platforms, including film, TV, gaming, websites, apps and stage, with a commensurate royalty share.
To celebrate we have a fantastic set of adventure fiction up for grabs!
(THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke, THE SKULL IN THE WOOD by Sandra Greaves, POISON BOY by Fletcher Moss, THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY by Trenton Lee Stewart & THE CROWFIELD CURSE by Pat Walsh)
All you need to do is tell me who your favourite children’s story character was in the comments.
Terms and Conditions
- Being a Mummy Competition closes: Midday 1st September 2014
- Open to UK residents only.
- Prize is a selection of books as detailed
- There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions
- If any item listed above is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute with an alternative item of similar value
- Winner will be selected from all valid and correct entries and notified by email or phone
- Winner’s details will be passed to a third party for prize fulfilment
- The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address
- The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into