July books!

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday July 4th, 2018

Summer is well and truly upon us – and we have two awesome books for you to relax in the sun with. Whether you fancy an electrifying political YA thriller or snuggling up with a fresh vintage read – we’ve got you covered. (more…)

Polka Dot Shop

When Andy’s school announces a new no-uniform policy, her classmates are over the moon – but her heart sinks.

All she wants is to dress like everyone else, but her mum’s the owner of a run-down kooky vintage boutique, so she’s bound to look – well – different. But when Andy finds a gorgeous bag full of designer goodies in the shop’s storeroom, everything changes. Can she learn to love vintage, and help transform her mum’s shop into something truly special?

From the acclaimed author of the Secret Cooking Club series, this is a fresh, authentic, and totally addictive novel about how real makeovers go so much deeper than clothes.

Get Your Bake On

Posted by Jazz on Friday August 11th, 2017

The second novel in Laurel Remington's delicious Secret Cooking Club series, Confetti & Cake, is out now! Laurel has stopped by our blog to chat about why she loves The Great British Bake Off (who doesn't?)!
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New August books!

Posted by Jazz on Friday August 4th, 2017

Three new must-reads are hitting the shelves today! Sit back, relax, and read on to find out about our new August books ...  (more…)

Secret Cooking Club: Confetti and Cake

Scarlett’s blog has found success beyond her wildest dreams.

A TV show is on the cards and the Secret Cooking Club has several new members. What’s more, her mum is getting married, and Scarlett is baking the wedding cake. Everything is perfect ... or is it? Her estranged dad arrives in town unannounced, and Scarlett’s friends say fame has gone to her head. As the wedding approaches, she has much more on her mind than the perfect bake …

The warm, fun and cosy sequel to The Secret Cooking Club – perfect for junior bakers! 

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 4: Laurel Remington

Posted by Jazz on Friday November 4th, 2016

Today it's the turn of last year's Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition winner (and now published author of The Secret Cooking Club!): Laurel Remington! (more…)

AUGUST BOOKS!

Posted by Kesia on Thursday August 4th, 2016

As August arrives in a flurry of rain, we're enjoyed some serious bookish sunshine in the Chicken House offices, with three totally gripping reads ... (more…)

Passing the Crown

Posted by Jazz on Monday June 13th, 2016

Laurel Remington won the 2015 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with The Secret Cooking Club, which will be published by Chicken House in August 2016. Here she tells us what her publishing journey has been like, and her advice for the final five. (more…)

We have a longlist!

Posted by Jazz on Thursday March 31st, 2016

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!  (more…)

Laurel Remington

Laurel Remington is a writer of children’s, teen, and women’s fiction. Originally from Eureka, California, she now lives with her family in Surrey, and is Deputy General Counsel for a renewable energy company.

Her debut novel, The Secret Cooking Club, was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2015. The novel was inspired by her three young daughters, who love to cook (and eat!) anything sweet.  When she’s not cleaning up the kitchen after them, she can usually be found working on her next novel.

Secret Cooking Club

Twelve-year-old Scarlett is the star – and victim – of her mum's popular blog.

The butt of school jokes, she's eager to stay out of the spotlight. But one evening, she finds a gorgeous kitchen in the house next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital.

As Scarlett bakes, she starts to transform her life, discovering new friends and forming the Secret Cooking Club. But can she fix her family, seal her friendships and find the mysterious secret ingredient?

Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2015. 

Children's Fiction Competition: What Makes a Winner?

Posted by Kesia on Tuesday July 21st, 2015

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…)

Three Months On: Winning the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday July 1st, 2015

Laurel Remington, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2015, tells us her experience of winning ...

'And the winner is ...'

Four little words. Words that could change a life. When I went inside the Savile Club in London that day in March, I didn’t dare to hope that it could be my life. (more…)

CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED ... AND 2016 COMPETITION OPENS!

Posted by Kesia on Friday March 27th, 2015

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Times/ Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition:

THE SECRET COOKING CLUB FOR GIRLS by Laurel Remington

Laurel's warm and witty tale of baking, friendship and finding your calling impressed all of our judges. Scarlett's mum - a social media guru - uses her daughter's life as embarrassing blog-fodder. Withdrawn and lacking in confidence, Scarlett stumbles upon the magic of cooking. But she can't possibly let her mum find out...

Many congratulations to Laurel and to all our shortlisted authors for reaching the competition's most outstanding shortlist yet.

Last year's winner, the fabulously atmospheric THE SOUND OF WHALES by Kerr Thomson, is publishing on Thursday 2nd April - watch this space!

THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

Enter the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2016 ...

... and win a publishing contract worth £10,000!

We are looking for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story children will love. If you have written a novel for children between the ages of 7 and 18, visit our submissions page for details on how to submit your manuscript.

The competition has already launched the careers of many talented children's authors - you could be next!

Competition closes Friday 30th October 2015

Click here for full terms and conditions and for details of the prize.