2019 longlist
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2019 longlist

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who entered the Writing Magazine 2019 Picture Book Prize!

It takes a lot of determination to complete a book, and it takes a lot of guts to enter it into a competition. The longlisting was particularly tricky this year as the standard of entries was so high. There were 445 entries and we had to get down to a longlist of 25! Not an easy task.

If your name doesn’t appear here, please do NOT be discouraged, hard as that may be. This was a tough competition to judge. Some inclusions were down to personal preference. Others we passed by the breadth of a whisker. But keep writing, keep trying, keep going, because next time, your story might just have that whisker! There will be people longlisted here who weren’t longlisted last year. And if you keep dedicating time and energy to improving your craft, there is no reason why your story might not be listed in the future. I hope this encourages you!

But decisions must be made and lists must be drawn. So without further ado, a great big CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s longlisters:

Rachel Backland Bunnies, Bunnies, Everywhere

Natasha Beloff The Animals That Attenborough Forgot

Liz Bickerstaff Coco The Naughty Parrot

Sara Burnard Aliens Everywhere

Matt Byrne Why The Sky Is Blue

Maria Christou Cheekimeleon

Emily-Jane Clark Maddie-May and the Quest for Sleep

Nicole Curin MC Rhino

Tracy Curran The Teapot Genie

Sarah Dawson Rogg The Wannabe Dog

Phil Dillon A Bundle of Fluff Isn’t Nearly Enough

Peter Frederick My Sheep Are Asleep

Fiona Harding Badger on the Beach

Zandra Johnson Bear in Heels

Liz Kashyap When I Can Talk

Lorna Lee Bella’s Bicycle

Stacey Miller Punkerella

Alison Padley-Woods More Cheese Please!

Simon Perkin If It Isn’t Paloma

Lauren Pippa The Ketchup King

Karoline Stanton Meg’s Magic Tail

Sally Tottle I’d Love To Know

Kael Tudor One Goose, Two Moose

David Wadsworth A Is For Octopus

Kathryn Williams From Little Acorns

Congratulations, everyone! I’ll be contacting you soon with some feedback on your stories. Please be patient, as it may take a little while!

We are now working on the shortlist and hope to announce this before Christmas. Watch this space!