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Are there writing competitions/awards for novel length works by authors under 18?

There are certainly prizes for professional novelists, and amateur novelists, but I'm looking for something for under 18s or under 16s...

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a publishing contract? – Lauren Ipsum Mar 16 '13 at 11:32
Any type of compeition - be it cash, a nice certificate, or just something to be proud of winning :) – Joe Mar 16 '13 at 13:20
:) No, sorry, I was being snarky. "A winning competition for a novel" is getting a publishing contract. – Lauren Ipsum Mar 16 '13 at 14:31
Yes, please. I asked a similar question a while back, what do you think the answers were? I hope you have better luck. – Mussri Mar 16 '13 at 17:36
Can you narrow down what you're looking for? As the question is written right now, it'll essentially generate a list to which there can be no clear best answer. – Neil Fein Mar 16 '13 at 18:28

Well yes there are awards though not as highly recognized as the major awards which are open to everyone. Also these awards are fairly localised. Normally your country has its own junior writing awards. You'll have to search on your government's site find out more about that. The relatively major awards for young authors are generally only for published books and if you win one of them you stand a chance doing having success in the normal competitions. Generally though they don't differentiate writers by age groups.

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