We have a longlist!
We're very pleased to be announcing the longlist for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition! Our team of experienced readers read every single submission – and there were lots! – and along with Barry Cunningham and the Chicken House team have drawn up a longlist of the twenty very best submissions. So, here they are!
ANYONE BUT ME by Laura Ings Self
ASTERIX CLEMENTINE by Janine Barnett-Phillips
THE FIREFLY CAGE by Nicki Thornton
FROSTSLIVER by Jamie Smith
GERSEMI'S OATH by Moz Walls
GIRL FROZEN by Louise Roberts
THE INVENTION OF COLOUR by Jo Wyton
KISS OF THE TSUNAMI by Rachel Rivers Porter
LILY WICKED by Lindsay McKrell
MILO AND OPERATION STEPDAD by Tracy Darnton
OLIVE IN THE HEIGHTS by Isabelle Sudron
PARADISE ROCKS by Heather Elliott
PROJECT CAT'S AWAY by Julie Mee
SHOWSTOPPER by Hayley Barker
THE SKY THIEF by Stuart Lee
STICKY BEAKS by Ellie Lock
A STRANGE KIND OF DREAMING by Rachel Wolfreys
THE WICKED CHRISTIE SISTERS by Shana Moore
WHEN IT RAINED IN 2025 by Roopal Kewalya
WHITE NIGHT by Eden Endfield
Congratulations to all our longlistees, and thank you to all the wonderful writers who entered this year's competition. We received our most entries to date, and the standard was incredibly high!
We'll be announcing our shortlist soon – keep an eye on Twitter for more info. Click here to find out more about last year's winner, The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington!
Jes Parkin says...
Congratulations to all the longlistees. I entered my self-published novel, but not lucky enough this time round. Will keep trying!