Please note: you may only submit to one award, with the exception that you may additionally apply for a TLC Free Read. If you apply for any other award, your submission will be discounted.
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. Please read the Eligibility guidelines carefully to see if you can enter this award.
There is one winner for this award. The winning writer will receive a publishing contract from Hachette Children’s Books granting Hachette world rights in all languages, including audio, film, TV and merchandising, with an advance of £5,000. Additionally, the winner will receive access to New Writing North’s programmes of support.
To enter this award writers should submit a sample of 3000-6000 words and a synopsis of up to 600 words and answer the application questions. Writers longlisted for this award will be informed by 5 March 2021 and asked at this point to submit a complete manuscript by 17 March 2021.