The author may have published other books in another genre – for example, poetry or a picture book – but eligibility for the prize requires that this is their first novel for children. Publishers are required to check that all books submitted are first novels for children and should confirm that with the authors prior to submission.
Previous winners of the prize include Frances Hardinge and her editor Ruth Alltimes for Fly By Night, Muhammad Khan and editor Lucy Pearse for I Am Thunder and Liz Hyder and editor Sarah Odedina for Bearmouth. The 2021 award was won by Struan Murray and his editor Ben Horslen for Orphans of the Tide.
As 2021 winner, Struan Murray becomes a judge for the 2022 award. He is joined on the judging panel by critic Imogen Russell Williams; Farrah Serroukh, Research and Development Director CLPE; and Sonia Thompson, Head Teacher at St Matthew’s C.E. Primary School, Birmingham. The judging panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival. The winner will be announced in July 2022.
Eligible titles must be published between 1 January and 31 December 2021. The authors should live and work in the UK.
The Branford Boase Award is sponsored by Walker Books.
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