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Wednesday 16th January 2013
BRANFORD BOASE AWARD: LONGLIST 2013
Longlist for the 2013 Branford Boase Award announced
The longlist for the Branford Boase Award 2013 is announced today. The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
No less than 62 books were submitted for the award; 25 have made it onto the longlist. These include A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, which was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, and Itch by BBC radio presenter Simon Mayo.
The Branford Boase Award judging panel has an extremely successful record in picking future best-selling and critically acclaimed authors. Previous shortlisted and winning writers include Marcus Sedgwick, Meg Rosoff, Philip Reeve, Cathy Cassidy, Kevin Brooks, William Nicholson, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mal Peet and Bali Rai.
This year the judges are Julie Randles, Managing Director of Scholastic Book Clubs; Joy Court, Learning Resources Manager for Coventry City Council; Prue Goodwin, consultant and lecturer in children’s literature; and Annabel Pitcher, author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, winner of last year’s Branford Boase Award. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of The Guardian.
Julia Eccleshare says: “The 62 submissions, one up on last year, came from 19 different publishers, demonstrating the exciting and healthy state of children’s books in this country. The longlist contains books for readers of all ages and is very varied, with adventure stories, thrillers, comedy, romance and family stories all represented, as well as some books that defy categorisation.”
The shortlist for the Award will be announced on 1st May 2013. The winner will be announced on Thursday 11th July at a ceremony in London.
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The Branford Boase Award longlist in full:
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus, edited by Rachel Petty(Macmillan)
Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Orion)
Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne, edited by Hannah Sheppard (Headline)
Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)
15 Days without a Head by Dave Cousins, edited by Jasmine Richards (OUP)
After the Snow by S D Crockett, edited by Emma Young (Macmillan)
Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson, edited by Kathy Webb & Liz Cross (OUP)
The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant, edited by Julia Heydon-Wells (Faber)
The Feral Child by Che Golden, edited by Roisin Heycock (Quercus)
Shrunk! by Fleur Hitchcock, edited by Sara O’Connor (Hot Key)
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan, edited by Mara Bergman (Walker)
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean edited by Rachel Denwood & Lizzie Ryley (HarperCollins)
Socks are Not Enough by Mark Lowery, edited by Alice Swan (Scholastic)
Torn by David Massey, edited by Imogen Cooper (Chicken House)
Itch by Simon Mayo, edited by Kelly Hurst (Random House)
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin, edited by Maurice Lyon & Emily Sharratt (Frances Lincoln)
A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour, edited by Janetta Otter-Barry (Frances Lincoln)
Magnificent Moon Hare by Sue Monroe, edited by Rachel Boden (Egmont)
Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne, edited by Imogen Cooper (Chicken House)
Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil, edited by Simon Mason (David Fickling)
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid, edited by Amanda Punter (Puffin)
Geekhood by Andy Robb, edited by Jane Harris (Little Tiger Press)
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, edited by David Fickling (David Fickling)
A World Between Us by Lydia Syson, edited by Sarah Odedina (Hot Key)
Slated by Teri Terry, edited by Megan Larkin (Hachette)
Notes to Editors:
The annual Branford Boase Award celebrates the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards written by a first-time novelist and also highlights the importance of the editor in the development of new authors. The shortlisted authors may have published other books in another genre – for example, poetry or a picture book – but eligibility for the prize requires that this is their first children’s novel.
As well as encouraging publishers to find and promote new writers, the Award sets out to alert readers of all ages to the work of interesting newcomers.
The Branford Boase Award was set up in memory of the outstanding and prize-winning author Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase, editorial director and one of the founders of Walker Books. They worked together on a number of Henrietta’s novels, a partnership they greatly enjoyed. Both Henrietta and Wendy died of cancer in 1999.
Running alongside the Branford Boase Award, the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition encourages writing talent in under 18s.
The Award is the joint idea of Julia Eccleshare and Anne Marley. Julia is the children’s books editor of The Guardian and a regular contributor to Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book programmes. Anne is now co-founder of Authors Aloud UK and was Head of Children’s, Youth & Schools Services for Hampshire Library & Information Service for many years. She has served on many children’s book award panels, including the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards.
For more information about the award and the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition visit www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk .
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