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Winning tales

Did you enter WM’s inaugural Picture Book Prize? Amy Sparkes was very impressed with the entries, and tells us why the top three stood out as winners

The inaugural Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize has been an outstanding success! Congratulations to everyone who completed and submitted a picture book for the competition. We had over 600 entries: rhyming stories, funny stories, beautiful stories, magical stories… a huge variety! There were so many wonderful stories that judging the contest was extremely difficult. ‘The standard was overwhelmingly high,’ said WM editor Jonathan Telfer. ‘It’s obvious entrants have been making good use of Amy’s advice in WM each month!’

After much debate, we decided on the three stories which topped our list – huge congratulations to our top three entrants:

One of the judges, Julia Churchill, literary agent at AM Heath, said: ‘I loved the playfulness of the three texts. Moles was my winner as it was just the right side of surreal and it made me laugh out loud.’

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