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…)

NaNoWriMo is over for another year!

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday November 30th, 2016

So that’s it! NaNoWriMo 2016 is done and dusted. We hope our 30 days of tips have helped you to come out the other side with a fully-fledged novel – and now, we want to read it! (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 26: Emma Carroll

Posted by Jazz on Saturday November 26th, 2016

We are SUPER excited to be publishing acclaimed author Emma Carroll's first book for Chicken House, Sky Chasers, next year – not least because she gives amazing tips to NaNoWriMo-ers. Nearly there, guys – keep going!  (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…)