A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who entered the inaugural Writing Magazine Chapter Book Prize this year. We did spring it on you a bit but you really rose to the challenge! The entries were all brilliant and it hasn’t been easy creating a longlist. But after careful thought and difficult decisions, we’re delighted to announce this year’s longlist.
Celia Anderson London Lu
Sandra Barnes Olly and the Last Vegedactyl
Gemma Callaghan Hollie and the Secret Agents
Charlotte Dale The Garden Witches and the Stink of Town
Marnie Forbes Eldridge Secrets of the Stones
Christopher Horn The Word Spider
Karen Johnson Florence the Fossil Fairy
Louise Kerr Vicky Villain
Justin Kington The Projectionist
Nick Mackie Bob Soup and the Seaweed Suit
Damien McKeating Sophie and the Big Balloon Race
Rosanna Montanaro Essie and the Crew
Cheryl Nosworthy The Silvermoon Magical Riding School
Kelly Sharpe The Magic of Lemon Hollow
Carla Stuart Toto and Tisha’s Terrific Adventures
Matt Twinley School Trips for Spies
Kay Weetch Runaway Frogs and Flying Kittens
Malcolm Welshman Toby Jugg and the Deadly Demons’ Disco
JR Wickins Guardians of The Blue Moon
Claire Yaxley The Curse of Haynford Manor
Congratulations to you all! The next stage involves sending the first three chapters for the shortlisting process. We will be in touch to request these.
For those of you who didn’t make the list this year, please keep writing, and keep going. – we will be running against next year!