2016 Longlist Announcement

KBNA Trophy 2015



This year, 715 manuscripts were submitted by unsigned writers across the globe.

From an incredibly strong field, 26 novels have been longlisted, with a range of settings from 19th century Castile to future wintry worlds via coastal Devon, Texan creeks and a sewage tunnel beneath Buckingham Palace. Within middle grade, humour, mystery and adventure proved especially competitive and our final fourteen novels for younger children include: animal automatons, ghost detectives and a dinner lady who serves up bugs. Young adult submissions were dominated by fantasy, romance, survival, realistic and thrillers, with WW2 girl spies, climate refugees and south London beatboxers amongst the cast of characters in the final twelve books for teens.

0For the next stage of the competition, our panel of junior judges, aged from seven to seventeen, will be reading the full manuscripts of the 26 longlisted novels. As all our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the winner, as chosen by JULIA CHURCHILL, is announced in January 2017.

In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 26 standout titles:

Bad Blood
Billy and Chester: Partners in Grime
Billy Grimshaw and the Mystery of the Missing Humans
Cogs of Castile
Echo of Light
Emily Arden and the Letter That Lost the War
Master Alabaster’s School for Illusionaery
Phil Glum and the Imagination Palace
Potkin & Stubbs (Deceased)
Secret History
Take Flight
Tell Me, Cody, Where’d You Go?
The Book of Magnificent Things
The Curse of the Naseby Horses
The Girl in the Claroscope
The Girl Who Tangled Time
The Legend of the Star Arrow
The Magpie Garden
The Memory Gate
The Waiting Room
Violet Bloomfield and the Despicable Dinner Lady
Zachary No One and the Zoo

Cornerstones LogoThe Bath Novel Award & Bath Children’s Novel Award are sponsored by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

palerThe Bath Novel Award 2017 is now OPEN, with entries invited until 24th April 2017 from novelists writing for adults or young adults | £2,000 prize | £500 shortlist award plus literary agent introductions | Judge: Laura Williams of PFD | Bath Novel Award 2017