#TimesChickenHouse Competition: The Panel

Posted by Kesia on Thursday June 22nd, 2017

We have a very exciting #TimesChickenHouse announcement on its way tomorrow... yes, a winner! But before we start the drumroll, we wanted to say a big thank you to our judges, who did a brilliant job of debating an incredibly competitive shortlist yesterday (more on that soon). Alongside our very own Publisher, Barry Cunningham, this fantastic panel of industry experts lent their expertise to the task, and we couldn't be more grateful. Here they are - can we have a round of applause, please? (more…)

The #TimesChickenHouse shortlist is here!

Posted by Kesia on Friday May 5th, 2017

Our discerning Publisher, Barry Cunningham, has had the tricky job of picking out the top five longlisted submissions for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition shortlist. We don’t envy him: picking a longlist was difficult enough – the standard was truly spectacular! – but we’re pleased to say that he’s arrived at a decision. Drumroll please – our shortlist is … (more…)

Times/Chicken House: what we've read!

Posted by Kesia on Saturday April 15th, 2017

The submissions are read and the longlist announced, so we’ve finally had a moment to sit back and realise what an extraordinary number of entries we received this year – the most we’ve ever received. I asked our team of readers for their observations, as well as their thoughts for writers planning on entering the 2018 contest. Here’s what they’ve noticed … (more…)

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…)