The Times/Chicken House shortlist is here!

Posted by sandbox on Monday October 30th, 2023

Well, that was a next-to-impossible decision! The longlist this year was super strong – so strong, in fact, that we couldn’t bear to whittle it down to only five titles.

YA captured our hearts this year, resulting in a shortlist of six YA and one middle-grade title. We have a list encompassing imaginative dystopian, thrilling murders, gothic adventure, mythology-inspired fantasy and so much more!

  1. Beth Death – Amanda Poll
  2. Daughters of Rowan – Hannah Watson
  3. Love on Sight – Asli Jensen
  4. Of Sea and Sky – Annahita De La Mare
  5. Past the Curfew – Jemma Sykes
  6. Supers – Maggie Womersley
  7. The Pouka King – Marisa Linton

Huge congratulations to our shortlisted authors. To anyone who was longlisted but didn’t reach the shortlist, never fear: we’ll be providing you with a handy reader’s report with some feedback from our team. Now, it’s over to our fantastic panel of judges to decide on the winners. We’ll be announcing the result at the end of November as well as opening next year’s competition. Watch this space!

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