My Top Writing Tips: Lisa Drakeford
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…)
My Top Writing Tips: Helen Maslin
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…)
Children's Fiction Competition: How to Get your Manuscript in Tip-Top Shape!
Thinking of entering the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition? Editorial Director Rachel Leyshon shares her top tips on what you should do before sending your manuscript off ... (more…)
Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison's Top 10 Writing Tips
Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison's debut novel Lobsters was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2013. Fast-forward to two years later: Lobsters was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, Tom & Lucy appeared on a hilarious panel at YALC this year, and their new book Never Evers is out in January! They've shared their top 10 writing tips with us ... (more…)
Children's Fiction Competition: Selling winners around the world!
The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is one of the most long-lasting and exciting publishing initiatives that Chicken House has done in terms of getting people interested in our new titles abroad. And to help this, we always make sure we have at least one judge who is a highly experienced publishing professional who knows the market overseas. (more…)
The Editorial Process
Thinking of entering the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition? Kesia unveils the mysterious editorial process ... (more…)
Children's Fiction Competition: What Makes a Winner?
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…)
Children's Fiction Competition: How to Enter!
We’re now halfway through the year, so technically closer to Christmas than last New Year – which means there are only 6 months left to get your manuscripts in tip-top shape and send them in to us. The deadline for entries to The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is Friday 18th December, so if you’re an unpublished children’s writer with a great story to tell, here’s a quick reminder on what you need to submit … (more…)
Shortlistee to finished book: Lisa Drakeford and THE BABY
Lisa Drakeford was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2014. One year later, we've published her shortlisted novel, The Baby, and the incredible reviews have been flooding in. Here, Lisa shares her experience of being published ...
Three Months On: Winning the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition
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…)
The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition: Judging Panel and Lunch
The drawing room at the Savile Club: gilded and wood-panelled, faded-grand, the carpet soft as whispers. It's time for the judging panel. (more…)