You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You with Barry Cunningham!

Calling all Filipino writers! Submit a short synopsis and the opening pages of your unpublished chapter book or novel and stand a chance to be shortlisted to receive a review and written feedback by the man who discovered J.K. Rowling, Mr. Barry Cunningham.

‘If it wasn’t for Barry Cunningham, Harry Potter might still be languishing in his cupboard under the stairs… I doubt any of the writers with whom he has worked could be more grateful to him.’ — J.K. Rowling

This opportunity is presented by global children’s publishing, education and media company, Scholastic in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). 

You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You is a manuscript critique initiative of the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) in an effort to further encourage and inspire Asian writers. The manuscript critique initiative aspires to motivate writers while assisting them to get their manuscript in shape and recognizing excellence in Asian writings.

A total of 6 entries (the brief synopses and opening pages of 6 manuscripts) will be shortlisted to receive a review and written feedback from Mr. Cunningham, and only the most outstanding entry from the shortlist will receive a review of the complete manuscript.

“It is truly remarkable to be able to work with a prolific name like Barry Cunningham in the international children’s literature scene to provide his critique and review on unpublished manuscripts written by Filipinos living in Asia,” said Joyce A. Bautista, Trade Manager of Scholastic Philippines. “It will be a privilege to unearth some of the most talented Filipino writers in Asia and a chance not to be missed by them to have their manuscripts critiqued and reviewed by Mr. Cunningham.”

“The birth of this idea came from the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) and we hope that through this initiative, more Filipino writers in Asia will submit their manuscripts to the SABA and stand a chance to get their work published,” she added.

“This is a great opportunity for Filipino writers,” said Tarie Sabido, Chair of the PBBY. “This initiative will stir up even more interest in writing novels for children and teens and will help those who wish to submit to the Scholastic Asian Book Award. For the winners, getting feedback from Barry Cunningham will be a very exciting and valuable experience.”

Mr. Cunningham, who is the Publisher of Chicken House Books – home of great reading – has had an impressive career in publishing. He has worked with all the great names in children’s books including Roald Dahl and became one of the best-known names in publishing after he signed up J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You, is open to all Filipino writers living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above. Manuscripts submitted must be chapter books or novels intended for children to young adults between age 6 and 18 years old, and must be Asian in content. The closing date for all submission entries is April 2, 2017, 5:00pm (Philippines time). Selected entries will be informed via email in June.

For more information on how to enter, visit scholastic.asia/youwritetome.

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2 Responses to You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You with Barry Cunningham!

  1. Joanne Lee says:

    I really want to enter but I’m only 16. I wish to know if there will be another opportunity for me to enter in the following years. Anyway, my novel is not completely done and I’m still at chapter four of my novel: book 1.

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