The Branford Boase AwardNow,  I have possibly mentioned this before but there is no harm in doing so again.   I have a special affection for The Branford Boase Awards.  Why? Because it acknowledges the Editor.   Of course the author is the ultimate creator but, guaranteed, the best works of literature have become so with the gentle nudge, bit of advice and unerring support of a fantastic editor.    In honesty, I also think there should be a similar award for agents but hey ho, step at a time and all that.

Anyway I shall stop babbling – here is the long-list:

  • Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce.  Edited by Emma Matthewson, Bloomsbury.
  • Sorrowline by Niel Bushnell.  Edited by Charlie Sheppard, Anderson Press.
  • The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston.  Edited by Bella Pearson and Natalie Doherty, David Fickling Books.
  • Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll.  Edited by Rebecca Lee, Faber.
  • Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew.  Edited by Rebecca McNally, Bloomsbury.
  • The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale.  Edited by Rebecca Lee, Faber.
  • Tiger Thief by Michaela Clarke.  Edited by Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow.
  • Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill.  Edited by Lauren Buckland, Random House.
  • After Eden by Helen Douglas.  Edited by Ele Fountain, Bloomsbury.
  • Fearsome Dreamer by Laura Eve.  Edited by Emily Thomas, Hot Key.
  • Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood.  Edited by Venetia Gosling, Simon and Schuster.
  • The Disappeared by C.J. Harper. Edited by Jane Griffiths, Simon and Schuster.
  • Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones.  Edited by Mara Bergman, Walker.
  • The Mysterious Adventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee.  Edited by Liz Cross and Helen Bray, OUP.
  • Red Ink by Julie Mayhew.  Edited by Emily Thomas, Hot Key.
  • The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch.  Edited by Lauren Buckland, Random House.
  • Ferryman by Claire McFall.  Edited by Helen Boyle, Templar.
  • Alex the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Montgomery Ross.  Edited by Rebecca Lee and Susila Baybars, Faber.
  • The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse.  Edited by Liz Cross and Claire Westood, OUP.
  • East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris.  Edited by Janetta Otter-Barry, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
  • Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss.  Edited by Imogen Cooper and Barry Cunningham, Chicken House
  • The Hanged Man Rises by Sarah Naughton.  Edited by Venetia Gosling, Simon and Schuster
  • Gabriel’s Clock by Hilton Pashley.  Edited by Charlie Sheppard and Eloise Wilson.  Anderson Press
  • Acid by Emma Pass.  Edited by Ruth Knowles and Jessica Clarke, Random House
  • Sun Catcher by Sheila Rance.  Edited by Fiona Kennedy, Orion
  • The Quietness by Alison Rattle.  Edited by Sarah Odedina, Hot Key
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale.  Edited by Lizzie Clifford, HarperCollins
  • My Friend the Enemy by Dan Smith.  Edited by Rachel Leyshon, Chicken House
  • The Last Wild by Piers Torday.  Edited by Sarah Lambert, Quercus

Well done to everyone here, and good luck for the next round!

The short list will be announced this Spring.



Undiscovered VoicesI realise it is a little late, but Happy New Year to you all!

Excitingly, the next generation of undiscovered talent in children’s fiction have been announced by SCBWI!  Every year a selection of industry types are asked to choose the most promising new voices and artists looking to make their mark in the world of children’s publishing.

In the past, notable successes have included Sarwat Chadda, Harriet Goodwin and Candy Gourlay.  This is a wonderful way for budding writers and illustrators to get some exposure and also a pleasure, for us fans of children’s fiction, to get a glimpse at the work of the talent of the future.

Here are this years winners:


  • Phoenix by Katrina Charman, Wokingham, Berkshire
  • This Grimm Life by Christian Colussi, London
  • Vickery Barnet Recurring by Sarah Dalkin, London
  • The Voyage of the Onion by Claire Fayers, Cardiff
  • The Wing Giver by Emma Higham, London
  • A Good Hiding by Shirley-Anne McMillan, Maghera Village, Castlewellan
  • Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs, Old Wives Lees, Kent
  • Traitor Girl by Rachel Rivett, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Atticus Trump and the Astro Fart by Bronwen Roscoe, Effingham, Surrey
  • Southend Loaded by Susan Sandercock, Canvey Island, Essex
  • The Stone Cutter by Tioka Tokedira, Paris, France
  • Shadow Inclusions by Imogen White, Hove, East Sussex


  • James Brown, Nottingham
  • Dave Gray, Coventry
  • Olivia Palmer, London
  • Sarah Palmer, Coventry
  • Julia Walther, Germany

AND, for the first time you can download their work, for free, right here.  Enjoy my friends!