NaNoWriMo Nov Day 28: Lucy Christopher

Posted by Jazz on Monday November 28th, 2016

Only a few days left! To help you cross over that finished line, acclaimed author Lucy Christopher is here with her top tips ... (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 27: Lucy Inglis

Posted by Jazz on Sunday November 27th, 2016

We're nearly at the finish line! Today on the blog we have author Lucy Inglis, author of City of Halves and Crow Mountain, here to share her top tips for budding writers.  (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 25: Helen Maslin

Posted by Jazz on Friday November 25th, 2016

We're nearing the finish line now NaNoWriMo-ers! Darkmere author Helen Maslin is here to keep you motivated to the very end ...  (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 22: Maz Evans

Posted by Jazz on Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

3 weeks down! And just over a week to go until NaNoWriMo comes to a close. Today we're hearing from the fab Maz Evans – author of the upcoming madcap Olympian adventure Who Let the Gods Out? on the top tips she'd give aspiring writers. And here's one from us: don't give up – Maz self-published her novel before it caught our eye!   (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 9: Lisa Drakeford

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday November 9th, 2016

For those hoping to enter the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, who better to get writing tips from than a previous shortlistee? Lisa Drakeford was shortlisted for our comp back in 2014 with her novel The Baby (then called Birthday Surprise). We loved it so much, we couldn't let it go: fast-forward a year and Lisa's book was on bookshop shelves with a Chicken House logo on its spine!  (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 6: Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Posted by Jazz on Sunday November 6th, 2016

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo has commenced! If you're still feeling a bit unsure about how to get pen to paper – and get that story in to shape – look no further than Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison! These two know a thing or two about writing, having been longlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with Lobsters, and having their second book Never Evers published earlier this year. (more…)

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 2: Nicki Thornton

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday November 2nd, 2016

One day down, twenty-nine to go! Today we're hearing from the winner of last year's Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, Nicki Thornton. Nicki bagged the top prize – a £10,000 publishing contract – with her debut novel The Firefly Cage, which will be published by Chicken House next year. Read on for her words of wisdom!  (more…)

The Young Judge Competition is now open!

Posted by Kesia on Friday July 29th, 2016

Are you 14-18 years old?

Do you live in the UK?

Are you mad about books?

Would you like to join a prestigious judging panel at a super-swanky London event in summer 2017?

Would you like to win more books for your groaning bookshelves? (more…)

The 2017 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition is now open!

Posted by Kesia on Thursday July 7th, 2016

Calling all children’s fiction writers! We’re super excited to announce the opening of this year’s children’s fiction competition. And because we’re committed to opening our competition to writers everywhere, we’ve introduced online entry and payment for the first time – yippee! For full details on how to enter, plus our submission requirements, please see our submissions page. (more…)

And the winner is ...

Posted by Kesia on Friday June 17th, 2016

On Monday at the Savile Club, in the downpour of the British summer, our ten judges sat down over coffee and biscuits to decide on the winner of the 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. The debate was heated: every one of our shortlisted novels received passionate support. But ultimately, there can only be one winner. And the winner is … (more…)