The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an international prize for novels written for children or young adults
Recipients include Lucy Van Smit with the manuscript for The Hurting (published this year by Chickenhouse) and Struan Murray, who signed a six figure deal with Penguin Random House Children’s for last year’s winning manuscript, Orphans of the Tide which is to be published in 2020.
2018 prize: £2,500
2018 judge: literary agent Hilary Delamere of The Agency will pick the winning novel from a shortlist chosen by a team of Junior Judges aged from 7 to 17 years
Submissions: first 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels. Novels may be in any genre
Eligibility: open worldwide to unpublished and independently published novelists
Shortlist prize: literary agent introductions and manuscript feedback from our Junior Judges
Longlist prize: the writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive an online place worth £1,800 on Learn to Edit Your Novel the Professional Way sponsored by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy
Entry fee: £25 per novel with sponsored entries available for low income writers
Full award terms here
The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018
Meet the Judge: HILARY DELAMERE
We are delighted to welcome leading children’s literary agent Hilary Delamere as this year’s judge. Hilary is a partner at The Agency where her list includes national treasures such as Michael Bond and Malorie Blackman alongside rising stars like Bath shortlisted Sophie Green.
“One of the most rewarding things about the whole competition was getting my novel into the hands of the Junior Judges – its intended age-range.”