Winners Announced For The Big Idea Competition 2018

15 June 2018

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The winner of The Big Idea Competition was announced yesterday, Thursday 14th June 2018. The Big Idea Competition seeks to uncover new talent in storytelling for children, transforming an idea from a member of the public into a book, film, game or play. So far, three ideas from the inaugural competition in 2014 have been turned into children’s books, with dystopian YA novel The Fandom recently optioned for TV by Fox 21 Television Studios.

Jack Martin, a 23-year-old carpenter from Taunton, scoops the top prize for his idea Cardboard Boy, inspired by a recently rediscovered story he wrote in primary school. Jack will receive a £1,000 cash prize and the guarantee that his idea will become the inspiration for a complete story, written by a children’s author and published as a book by Chicken House.

Jack comments: “Winning this competition is one of the most exciting and unexpected things that has ever happened to me.  I’m so thrilled to think my idea will be turned into a book that might inspire a younger generation.”

The five runners-up range from 13-year-old Matthew Graham from Northern Ireland to double shortlistee Louise Greig, a poet and children’s picture book author based in Aberdeen. Each runner-up will also win £1000, and the potential for their idea to be developed into a book, a TV show, a film, or a game.

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