In May 2014 Bloomsbury Children’s Books and The National Literacy Trust launched a prize to find a new children’s author. Members of the public were invited to submit stories for 8-12 year olds with a chance to win a publishing contract with Bloomsbury. All proceeds from the competition went to helping the National Literacy Trust continue their vital work of improving literacy across the country.
Over 400 entries were submitted for the competition raising over £20,000 for the National Literacy Trust.
The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of six by the National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury. A judging panel consisting of bestselling author Katherine Rundell, children’s book expert Nicolette Jones, Rebecca McNally, Children’s Publishing Director at Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas, then had the difficult choice of selecting a winner.
The winning novel will be announced in May but the six lucky authors to make the shortlist are:
- Geoff Bagwell for Don’t Look Back
- Camilla Chester for Jarred Dreams
- Emma Cox for Malkin Moonlight
- Julia Davenport for The Siege of Mafeking Street
- Treasa Reilly for Gem and Ini
- Jamie Smith for Scaled
Follow the link for synopses of the shortlisted novels: