2017 Longlist Announcement | The Bath Novel Award

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017: Longlist Announcement

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an annual international prize for emerging novelists.

During 2017 writers in 39 countries submitted 750 manuscripts. From these, 26 have been longlisted with an even split between novels written for middle grade (7-11 years) and young adult readers (12 years plus).

Amongst the contenders for this year’s £2,000 prize are writers from Australia, Grand Cayman, England, Ireland, Scotland and the USA.

Adventure, mystery and fantasy proved especially competitive genres within middle grade, with a notable rise tricksy villains and themes about drawing strength and wisdom from the past. Trends amongst young adult submissions included the centrality of family, the search for authenticity, and choosing your best path in a divided world.

For the next stage of the competition, our panel of Junior Judges, aged from six to seventeen years, will select a shortlist which will be announced January 5th 2018.

As all our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the overall winner, as chosen by SALLYANNE SWEENEY is announced February 8th 2018.

In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 26 standout titles:

Agatha Brown and the Witchfinder General
Elsetime
Fig Swims Round the World
Hattie: or, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile
Illegal is not a Noun
Jack Dark and the Figment Hunters
Me Two
Milton Hits the Headlines
Psigns
Sixteen Again
Storm House
The Agency’s Last Case
The Badly Born
The Boy Inside my Head
The Case in Locker 62
The Curse of the Weird Wolf
The Darlington Miracles
The Door in the Dark
The Firestone of Avisriel
The Ivory Rite
The Legend of Star Arrow
The Reinvention of Rolo Rawlings
The Vessel
The Waggledancing Dragon
Voxmort: The Stone of Death
What was Left Behind

 

Congratulations to you all!

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Via 2017 Longlist Announcement: The Bath Novel Award

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