Fancy a writing challenge?  A challenge that could take you from being unpublished, unagented and working at home alone to potentially having an agent and a publishing deal?  Then check back here in Spring 2017.

Every year, Greenhouse runs an amazingly popular writing competition that is open only to unpublished authors who do not have an agent.  Polly and the editorial team at Faber & Faber Children’s Books read every single entry . . . then have a heated debate (sometimes coming close to fisticuffs, but always tempered with tea, biscuits and loads of good humour) to choose a winner and two runners up.

The winner gets an hour-long meeting with Polly and Leah Thaxton (Publisher at Faber Children’s) to discuss the winning manuscript.  S/he also receives a selection of books published by Faber Children’s.  Runners up receive a book token.

Excitingly, the majority of winners have gone on to get book deals.

The Greenhouse Prize could be the first step on your path to becoming a published author.  The competition is usually for writers living outside North America and normally we are looking for funny books – though that changes each year. So keep an eye out here from around the end of February 2017 when news of the 2017 Greenhouse Prize will be announced.

Meantime, keep typing / dictating / writing / dreaming / hoping / imagining / mulling / revising / polishing . . . and honing your story-telling skills.