We’re delighted to announce a new award for debut children’s writers, which will feature as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2019. The Hachette Children’s Novel Award is a partnership between New Writing North and Hachette Children’s Group.

The new children’s award is aimed at debut writers of middle-grade/young teen fiction who currently live and work in the North of England. The winning writer will receive a publishing deal for their book with the Hachette Children’s Group, whose prestigious fiction list includes authors such as: David Almond (Skellig); Cressida Cowell (Wizards of Once and the How To Train Your Dragon series); Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor); Will Mabbitt (Embassy of the Dead); Patrice Lawrence (Orange Boy); Liz Kessler (Emily Windsnap) and Piers Torday (The Last Wild).

The award will open for entries in November 2018, with a bespoke New Writing North and Hachette Children’s Group Writing for Children Roadshow for writers in the North. The winner will be announced in June 2019.