THE 2018 TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

Posted by Kesia on Tuesday August 15th, 2017

Are you an unpublished, unagented children's writer? If so, we'd love for you to enter our competition to win a publishing contract with a £10,000 advance ...

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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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The 2017 #TimesChickenHouse winner is…

Posted by Kesia on Friday June 23rd, 2017

On the hottest day EVER, Wednesday 21 June, our fabulous panel of judges gathered at the blissfully air-conditioned Savile Club in London. Over a table laden with tea, coffee and biscuits, our judges (pictured below) set themselves the difficult task of talking through our wonderful shortlist and ultimately deciding on a winner. (more…)

#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…)

Introducing our #TimesChickenHouse shortlistees: Part II

Posted by Kesia on Wednesday June 7th, 2017

June is upon us - which means the winner of the 2017 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition will be announced later this month... eek! We can't wait to find out whose novel we'll be publishing. Last week we introduced two of our five wonderful shortlisted authors, Virginia Clay and Ruth Griffiths. Now, it's time to find out about our other shortlistees – Danny Rurlander, Jasbinder Bilan and Katherine Bassford ... (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…)

Anna Day

Anna grew up and still lives in the North East of England. She was raised by a guitar-obsessed father and a mother with amazing cooking skills, and she still loves all things music and food related. She studied Psychology at university, and worked for several years as an Assistant Psychologist. She then gained a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009, and has since worked as a Clinical Psychologist with people with disabilities. She has always loved creative writing; even as a little girl she would staple pieces of paper together and write stories for her parents to read. However, she only started writing seriously a few years ago, and was noticed by the Chicken House team when she was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition in 2015. Her greatest love is her children -- a little girl and a little boy, who provide her with constant entertainment and inspiration.

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…)

It's longlist time!

Posted by Kesia on Friday March 24th, 2017

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: we’re delighted to present the longlist of the 2017 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition! (more…)

Introducing our Young Judge ...

Posted by Kesia on Friday February 17th, 2017

Only one month to go before the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition longlist announcement, and while our team are feverishly reading through our biggest EVER number of submissions, we have some very exciting news  … (more…)