My Top Writing Tips: Kieran Fanning

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 30th, 2015

This week, it's The Black Lotus author Kieran Fanning's turn to share his top writing tips!  (more…)

My Top Writing Tips: Lisa Drakeford

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

Lisa Drakeford, author of the brilliant The Baby, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2014. One year on we've published her fantastic shortlisted story – here are her top tips for budding authors!  (more…)

Children's Fiction Competition: We're Looking for a Young Judge!

Posted by Jazz on Monday September 21st, 2015

It’s here – we can now announce our VERY exciting Young Judge competition! We’re looking for a brilliant and enthusiastic 14-18 year old guest judge for our Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition – we want YOU to help us choose a winner.


TOP 5 FRIDAY: Animal companions

Posted by Jazz on Friday September 18th, 2015

Beware of spoilers! You'll be surprised to find that this is the first Top 5 for a long, long time where a Harry Potter character has not been mentioned. Although a lot of us were itching to write about Hedwig (*sobs*), there were other companions we absolutely couldn't miss out – and since we have SO many fantastic animal pals in CH books (see the brilliant Baxter in the header photo – you'll find out more about him soon), we decided to look further afield. Here are five of our faves ...  (more…)

My Top Writing Tips: Helen Maslin

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 16th, 2015

Who better to get writing tips from than actual, fully-fledged, their-books-are-on-the-shelves published authors? We've collected top writing tips from a whole bunch of our recently-published authors, who generously share their words of wisdom for getting that novel completed. First up is Helen Maslin, author of the deliciously dangerous and romantic Darkmere(more…)


Posted by Jazz on Tuesday September 15th, 2015

Valentine's Day might be a while away, but that doesn't mean we don't need a little romance in our life, right? We've got two fantastic – but very different – YA romances available to buy now(more…)

Chicken House acquires Lydia: The Bad Bennet Girl

Posted by Jazz on Monday September 14th, 2015

You may have already spotted the announcement online, but we’re very excited to share the news that we’ll be publishing Lydia: The Bad Bennet Girl by Natasha Farrant in 2016! (more…)

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Trees (yes, trees!)

Posted by Jazz on Friday September 11th, 2015

For the first time ever, we’ve gone for a combined top 5 this week! Suggested jokingly at first, it didn’t take us long to twig (sorry) that far from being completely wooden (SORRY), some trees actually contain a lot of heart. Laura, Kesia, Jazz, Esther and Sarah share their faves in children’s books … (more…)

WIN: A signed copy of Longbow Girl and a bunch of Chicken House books

Posted by Jazz on Friday September 11th, 2015

We’re celebrating the publication of thrilling historical adventure Longbow Girl by Linda Davies with a creative writing competition – readers under 16 can enter for the chance to win some amazing prizes! (more…)

The Scorch Trials: film review!

Posted by Jazz on Thursday September 10th, 2015

The Scorch Trials is out in cinemas TODAY! We were lucky enough to attend the premiere earlier this week, and we brought junior reporter Hannah along with us. She's written a fantastic review – if this doesn't send you running (no pun intended) off to the nearest cinema, we don't know what will ...  (more…)

Children's Fiction Competition: Barry's winning ingredients

Posted by Barry on Wednesday September 9th, 2015

What makes a Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition winner? Judge and Chicken House Publisher Barry Cunningham – known for signing a then-unknown author called J.K. Rowling – shares his thoughts ...  (more…)

Decoding Publishing Jargon: Editorial

Posted by Laura on Wednesday September 2nd, 2015

We’re all guilty of using jargon, and often don’t consider that other people might not understand what we’re talking about. As an industry, publishing is no exception and certainly has its own language. Having studied Publishing I know I didn’t expect to be unfamiliar with publishing lingo, so I was in for a bit of a shock. (more…)