The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an annual international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. The shortlist is chosen by a panel of Junior Judges aged 6-17 years who this year have selected five manuscripts from a longlist of 26.
The winner of The Bath Children’s Novel Award as judged by Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates Literary Agency will be announced on February 8th 2018 at a ceremony in Bath. The winning writer will receive £2,000 with one shortlistee awarded editorial services to the value of £500 by award sponsors Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.
As all our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the shortlistees’ identities under wraps until the winner is announced, but in the meantime many congratulations to the writers of these five standout novels:
The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017 Shortlist
JACK DARK AND THE FIGMENT HUNTERS (Middle grade / fantasy)
Boy discovers he can enter other people’s nightmares and joins secret society to battle deadly creatures.
ME TWO (Middle grade / fantasy)
Girl born into two bodies on opposite sides of the world must choose which life to live and which to lose.
MILTON HITS THE HEADLINES (Chapter book / animal humour)
Curious spider discovers he’s been branded deadly by the tabloid press and must work with a human girl to save his species.
THE REINVENTION OF ROLO RAWLINGS (Young adult / comedy drama)
Lovesick teenage herpetologist seeks answers to the mystery behind his dad’s coma.
THE VESSEL (Young adult / fantasy)
Young inventor harbouring a dark secret must protect the boy she rescued from inside a beached whale.
NOW OPEN: The Bath Novel Award 2018 invites entries from novelists writing for adults or young adults until April 30th 2018. This year’s shortlist judge is Felicity Blunt of Curtis Brown with a first prize of £2,500, literary agent introductions for shortlisted writers and a new longlist prize, worth £1,800, of a place on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy’s new online How to Edit Your Novel course.