Full list of Criteria for 2019
1. The Award will be made annually to the most promising book of 6,000 words or more for seven year-olds and upwards by a first novelist in a single calendar year.
The author may have published other books in another genre - for example, poetry or a picture book - but eligibility for the prize requires that this is her or his first novel for children.
The book chosen should be first published on a children's list in the UK in 2018.
The book must have an Editor.
The author should live and work in the UK.
We cannot accept books that are only available in e-format or that are self published or where the author has contributed or paid for the costs of publishing.
The Award will be for a novel or a younger reader for children, but not for a short story which is part of a compilation by various authors, nor for a picture book, nor for a collection of poetry.
It is the publisher’s responsibility to check that all books submitted are first novels for children and should confirm that with the authors prior to submission.
The book should have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2018.
The winning author and editor will each receive an original beautifully hand-crafted box, inlaid with silver.
The winning author will also receive a cheque for £1,000.
Rules of Entry for 2019 Award
Publishers should ensure that all submissions satisfy the criteria given in the criteria above.
Each publisher may submit up to five books.
The publisher should initially submit 3 copies of each book - one for the Chair of Judges, Julia Eccleshare, one for the Publicity Manager, Andrea Reece and one for Anne Marley, the Administrator. Please send the book(s) for consideration direct, complete with the submission form to the addresses below. See the download link above for the submission form.
Publishers whose books are subsequently selected for the wider Judging panel will be asked to submit the successful titles to the other Judges on the panel during January 2019.
Books should be submitted no later than Friday 30th November 2018.
There will be a charge of £250 per title for books shortlisted for this Award.
All correspondence should be with the Administrator only.
Please send one copy of each submission to:
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Branford Boase Award 2019
invitation for submissions
Submissions are now open for publishers to enter the Branford Boase Award 2019. The closing date is midnight Friday 30 November 2018.
The Branford Boase Award was set up in the memory of Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase to reward the most promising new authors and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.
The author may have published other books in another genre - for example, poetry or a picture book - but eligibility for the prize requires that this is her or his first novel for children. Publishers are required check that all books submitted are first novels for children and should confirm that with the authors prior to submission.
Previous winners of the prize include Dave Shelton and his editor David Fickling for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, Annabel Pitcher and her editor Fiona Kennedy for My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Horatio Flood and his editor Penny Thomas for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot and, most recently, Mitch Johnson and his editors Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker of Usborne for KICK.
The judging panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children's director of the Hay Festival, and the winner will be announced in July at a ceremony in London.
Eligible titles must be published between 1 January and 31 December 2018. The authors should live and work in the UK.
For further information contact:
Anne Marley MBE
Administrator Branford Boase Award
0797 608 2049
Media enquiries to:
020 8889 1292/ 07807893369