Annual Commonword Diversity Writing for Children Prize


About the Prize

The Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize welcomes submissions from unpublished children’s authors whose writing embraces ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their writing.


The winner’s prize will be as follows:

  • £500 cash, to be paid by cheque.
  • Professional mentoring will be from Marjacq Scripts Ltd – this will consist of a full manuscript assessment and an initial meeting to discuss representation potential. There is no obligation for Marjacq Scripts Ltd to agree to professionally represent the winner.
  • An Arvon course of their choice in 2017 (subject to availability*)

The runners up will be offered detailed feedback on their manuscript by Commonword

The closing date for entries is:  6th June 2016


How to enter

Send Entries

Terms and Conditions:

The submission of any entry will be deemed to imply the acceptance of these conditions of entry.


  1. All entries must be submitted in the English language.
  2. All entries must be original and the author’s own unaided work.
  3. Only one submission per entrant – please see the Submission Process below for detailed guidelines.
  4. Submissions must not infringe any copyright or contain defamatory or otherwise unlawful matter.
  5. All entrants must be over the age of 16 and a  permanent resident in the United Kingdom.
  6. Only debut children’s fiction writers may submit work for consideration. A debut children’s fiction writer is defined as a writer who has not had a children’s novel or collection of short stories accepted for publication or published before the closing date above.
  • Authors with only picture books published are eligible**.
  • Authors who have only published non-fiction books or who have only been published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies or non-print medium (i.e. radio, web, etc.) are eligible**.
  • Authors who have self-published are eligible **.
  • Authors with adult fiction published are eligible**.
  • Authors who have been commissioned to write children’s fiction which was not their own idea, under a pseudonym, are also eligible**.

** Full details of any previously published work must be included with the author biography, in order to confirm eligibility.

  1. It is a condition of entry that any entrant whose submission is accepted for publication by any publisher anywhere in the world between the closing date for entries and the date of the award ceremony will immediately withdraw their entry by notifying the organizers via
  2. Previously shortlisted entries for this prize are not eligible.
  3. The closing time and date for the competition is 23:59.59 on 6th June 2016 and submissions will not be accepted after this date.

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