The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019 is an international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. Recipients include Lucy Van Smit for The Hurting (Chicken House Sept 2018) and Struan Murray for Orphans of the Tide (Puffin 2020).
Deadline: 17 November 2019
Longlist: 11 December 2019
2019 Judge: Lauren Gardner, literary agent for children’s authors at Bell Lomax Moreton will pick the winning novel from a shortlist chosen by our team of Junior Judges aged from 7 to 17 years. Lauren shares her submission tips here
Submissions: first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis. Novels may be in any genre with no minimum or maximum word count
Eligibility: unpublished and independently published writers worldwide
Shortlist prize: manuscript feedback from the Junior Judges and literary agent introductions
Longlist prize: the writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive an online place worth £1,800 on Edit Your Novel the Professional Way sponsored by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy
Entry fee: £25 with sponsored places available for writers on low income.
Full entry terms and conditions here