TOP 5 FRIDAY: Dystopian Worlds
OK, so a dystopian world doesn’t really sound like it’d be top of anyone’s holiday list, but some of places I read about sound so much more interesting than the real world I almost wish I was there. Almost. Here’s the run-down of the best five … (more…)
The Editorial Process
Thinking of entering the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition? Kesia unveils the mysterious editorial process ... (more…)
TOP 5 FRIDAY: Fierce Heroines
There are so many women in literature who I just want to be – so many that I actually had to draw up a list to narrow down before writing this top 5. I’m very aware that there are some very important heroines who aren’t in this list (‘WHERE IS KATNISS?’, the reader cries) so these are just a fraction of my top heroines. To list them all would mean writing for weeks. (more…)
Children's Fiction Competition: What Makes a Winner?
So you’ve written your children’s novel – or perhaps you’re planning on writing one before our 18 December deadline! – but either way you’re probably curious about what we’re looking for. Here’s a little info on past winners for an insight into who, and what, has won in the past … (more…)
TOP 5 FRIDAY: Babies
One can’t be seen without a baby now that Princess Charlotte has arrived. If you haven’t got one at the moment, why not read about them? Rights Director Elinor picks her top 5 ... (more…)
YALC IS NEARLY HERE!
Only TWO MORE DAYS until YALC!!! Have I given away how excited we are? We have got a whole host of treats for YALC-goers (not least lots of fabulous book chat from Chicken House staff) which can all be found on our publisher stand in the Book Zone. Come and chat to us about your favourite YA (we LOVE to talk YA) and nab a couple of freebies! (more…)
Children's Fiction Competition: How to Enter!
We’re now halfway through the year, so technically closer to Christmas than last New Year – which means there are only 6 months left to get your manuscripts in tip-top shape and send them in to us. The deadline for entries to The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is Friday 18th December, so if you’re an unpublished children’s writer with a great story to tell, here’s a quick reminder on what you need to submit … (more…)
TOP 5 FRIDAY: Boarding Schools
To an eternal day-school girl, boarding schools are glamorous, thrilling and scary – the friendships! The adventures! The midnight feasts! I was jealous and awed by my boarding contemporaries, their grown-up independent polish and knack for excitement. But it’s not all jolly hockey-sticks, of course (and, if I’m honest, I wouldn’t exchange home comforts for dorm and prep in a million years) … (more…)
Shortlistee to finished book: Lisa Drakeford and THE BABY
Lisa Drakeford was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2014. One year later, we've published her shortlisted novel, The Baby, and the incredible reviews have been flooding in. Here, Lisa shares her experience of being published ...
TOP 5 FRIDAY: Parisian Stories
Who wouldn’t want to read a book set in the beautiful city of Paris? Paris has all the very best things to do: gazing at the Eiffel Tower at night, a romantic walk along the Seine, and (of course) a trip to Disneyland (in my opinion, it’s a travesty there aren’t more books set IN Disneyland). Luckily, we’re spoilt for choice ... (more…)