Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) is partnering with New Writing North (NWN) on a new prize for debut children’s writers who live and work in the North of England.
HCG author David Almond is acting as an ambassador for the Hachette Children’s Novel Award, which is for authors of middle-grade or young teen fiction who have written a complete but unpublished novel. The winner will receive £5,000 and a publishing deal with Hachette.
“I'm proud to be an ambassador for this brilliant new award. Congratulations to Hachette and to New Writing North for forging this powerful new partnership,” said Almond. “Writing for young people is at the heart of our literary culture. It's wonderful that new writers are being encouraged in this way.”
The Hachette Children’s Novel Award will be run as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, which are announced in June, and opens for entries on 15th November.
HCG is also sending editors and authors such as Laura Steve and Onjali Rauf to speak about writing for children at an event at Leeds Art Gallery on 24th November. Tickets are free and can be booked online.