The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2021 Shortlist

Established in 2013, the Bath Novel Awards are annual international prizes for emerging novelists.

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is for emerging novelists writing for children or teens. The winner receives £3,000 with a compilation of feedback from Junior Judges aged seven to seventeen for all shortlistees. One longlistee will win a place worth £1,800 on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy’s acclaimed online course Edit your Novel the Professional Way.

997 manuscripts were submitted between 1st June and 30th November 2021 by writers in 44 countries. Over the Christmas holidays a team of Junior Judges read the fulls of the 19 longlisted novels with their favourite five making the shortlist.

The cast of 2021’s shortlisted books include: a moorside gang of children and dogs with 24 hours to break an everlasting sleeping sickness; a child-collecting Chrysalis Queen who abducts children from the Natural History Musuem; a girl in a snowy Alpine town whose music box maker grandfather is kidnapped by a witch; a teenage girl and a boy from opposite ends of a birdless world on the brink of war; a doll’s house mouse who helps a child to cope with the loss of their beloved grandpa.

As the prize is judged ‘blind’ we will reveal the writers’ names when the winner, as judged by literary agent Sam Copeland is announced on 17th February 2022.

In the meantime many congratulations to the authors of the five shortlisted manuscripts:

DREAMDOGS

EVOLANDIA

SECRETS OF THE VOLTERRE

THE BIRD SEA

THE DOLL’S HOUSE MOUSE


BATH CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD RECIPIENTS

2020 Ruth Moore for The Enemy Inside (Curtis Brown)

2019 Matthew Fox for The Sky Over Rebecca (Hodder, 2022)

2018 Cassie Powney for Loops (The Agency)

2017 Struan Murray for Orphans of the Tide (Puffin, 2020)

2016 Gareth Osborne  for Cogs of Castille (AM Heath)

2015 Lucy Van Smit for The Hurting (Chicken House Books, 2017)