Hachette Children’s Novel Award Roadshow

Event information

Where: Tyneside Cinema Coffee Rooms, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

Date: Tuesday 28 November

Time: 5:30-9pm

Cost: £5+booking fee

Type: Northern Writers' Awards


New Writing North and Hachette Children’s Group are delighted to host a roadshow dedicated to supporting children’s writers at all stages of their careers. Join us for an evening of discussion and professional advice aimed at developing your practice and demystifying the publishing industry.

We’ll be joined for our first panel by Hachette Children’s Group’s Emily Thomas (Head of PR) and Aliyana Hirji (Commissioning Editor) to offer advice on what to expect from a children’s publisher.

This will be followed by an editorial-focused panel with Jadene Squires (Assistant Editor) and Georgina Mitchell (Assistant Editor). Previous winners of the Hachette Children’s Novel Award, including James Harris, will offer insight for writers on profile building and making their way through a successful writing career.

The event will conclude with a Q&A session with 2024 award judges The event will conclude with a Q&A session with 2024 award judges Aliyana Hirji (Commissioning Editor) and Sarah Lennon Galavan (Licensing Manager) and Will Mackie (New Writing North) who will be sharing tips on how to strengthen your work and make it stand out from the crowd.

Our event will be relevant for new, emerging and established writers with an interest in writing for children, with opportunities for audience participation and networking.

About the Hachette Children’s Novel Awards

The Hachette Children’s Novel Awards, supported by Hachette Children’s Group, are open for entry until 4 January 2024. They are open to debut writers of middle-grade children’s fiction and early teen fiction, based in the North of England. The winning writers will win £3000 and a programme of mentoring opportunities with professionals at Hachette Children’s Group.

The Hachette Children’s Novel Awards are part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, which are produced by New Writing North with support from Northumbria University, Arts Council England and a range of partners.