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Where do you go for story inspiration?

Do you dream of writing a children's book? Then this is the competition for you...

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We've teamed up with the lovely folks at The Big Idea to offer you the chance to take your storytelling to the next level.

Up for grabs is a meeting with top children's publisher Barry Cunningham and literary agent Zoe King, *and* a bundle of children's books. All you need to do is post on 'Where I get my story-telling inspiration' and add it to the linky below. 

Barry and Zoe will chat though the winner's ideas with them and give loads of info and advice about what publishers are looking for, how would-be authors can ensure they are represented properly, and how to take the first steps towards seeing your work in print. 

So, when your kids are nagging for *another* bed-time story, what's your first port of call? Your own mischievous childhood? The kids' books you read when you were younger? Tell us about your favourite characters - and how you keep your little'uns rapt. We know lots of you are storytelling extraordinaires, and we're excited to hear about the worlds you create. 

Make sure you include a link to The Big Idea's website, and tweet your post using the hashtag  #TheBigIdeaComp.

And, as well as entering our *brilliant* comp, why not come up with a Big Idea yourself?
The Big Idea are after your ideas for children's stories. All you need to do is send them 500 words about your story idea, and you could be in with a chance of winning £1,000. And - get this - the overall winner will be awarded a publishing contract! But be quick: the competition will close on 2 September. Find out more here, and listen to Barry Cunningham explaining what they're looking for below. Good luck - and don't forget to add your post to our linky!

Last updated: 22-Aug-2014 at 9:21 AM