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The Hachette Children’s Novel Award is open to debut writers of middle-grade children’s fiction and early teen fiction.

We accept all kinds of children’s and early teen fiction, including but not limited to historical fiction, crime, science fiction, romance and fantasy. Please do not submit collections of short stories or individual short stories.

In terms of target age group, we are looking for fiction for children aged 7-11 (at the younger end of this bracket the word count can be 15-30K; at the older end, approx. 40K), or teen fiction for readers aged 11-13 (50-65K words), this should still exclude high-end or explicit content including swearing, sex and drugs.

There is one winner for this award. The  winning writer will be offered a publishing contract from Hachette  Children’s Group granting Hachette world rights in all languages,  including audio, film, TV and merchandising, with an advance of £5,000  to be set against royalties. Royalties will be on Hachette Children’s  Group’s standard terms. Additionally, the winner will receive access to  New Writing North’s programmes of support. HCG reserves the right to:  (i) withdraw its offer of a contract to the winning writer if terms  cannot be agreed (in these circumstances, the winning writer will still  be paid £5,000); and (ii) offer an additional publishing deal to any of  the shortlisted titles, on the same terms as the winning entry.

Read the Eligibility Guidelines here.

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000-6000 words and a synopsis of up to 600 words. Please answer the application questions.

Writers longlisted for this award will be informed by 25 March 2022 and asked to submit a complete manuscript by 6 April 2022.

To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • A debut author of middle-grade or early teen fiction.

The judging panel for this award is to be announced.

For more information, please read the Eligibility and Terms and Conditions carefully.

For any enquiries, please read the FAQs. If you still need an answer, contact us at awards@newwritingnorth.com

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