England’s Branford Boase Award Shortlist: Debut Children’s Novels

In News by Porter Anderson

The Branford Boase Award based in Bishopstoke, UK spotlights debut children’s books for young readers aged 7 and older.

Children play in the fountain at More London in the pandemic year 2020. Image – iStockphoto; Alena Kravchenko

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Seven Novels
Today’s announcement of the shortlist for the 2021 Branford Boase Award for debut authors includes the program’s first verse novel, a YA work by author Manjeet Mann.

Amid the annual avalanche of awards stories that rolls over the industry at this time of year, the Branford Boase is named for author Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase, a co-founding editorial director of the UK’s Walker Books. Branford and Boase worked together on several books, and both women died with cancer in 1999. The award program was established in 2000 to recognize emerging talent in young people’s literature.

The award is made annually to a first novel of at least 6,000 words for readers aged 7 and older. While an author may have published work in another category, she or he is eligible for this award as long as the pertinent submission is a novel. Eligible writers must be residents of the United Kingdom. The winning editor and author receive a trophy, and the winning author also collects £1,000 (US$1,393).

The winner of this year’s award is to be named on July 15.

Branford Boase Award 2021 Shortlist

The jury for this year’s program comprises Zoey Dixon, Scott Evans, Natasha Radford, Liz Hyder, and Julia  Eccleshare is the panel chair.

More from Publishing Perspectives on children’s books is here and more on the United Kingdom’s book publishing market is here. More on publishing and book awards is here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here

About the Author

Porter Anderson

Facebook Twitter

Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.