In England: The Branford Boase Award Names Its 2023 Shortlist

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The UK’s Branford Boase Award honors debut efforts in children’s books and the editors as well as authors behind them.

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

A Winner Is To Be Announced July 13
As Publishing Perspectives readers will remember, the Branford Boase Award is distinctive in the dense undergrowth of the United Kingdom’s awards forest for two key reasons:

  • First, it honors an author’s debut novel for children
  • And second, it also honors that author’s editor—an enlightened approach that many other award regimes would do well to emulate

This competition, which today (April 27) has announced its new shortlist, was established in 2000 to honor author Henrietta Branford and Walker Books editor Wendy Boase.

The jury began with a longlist of 21 titles to select these eight.

That jury this year is made up of Maisie Chan, author and winner of the 2022 Branford Boase Award; critic Joanne Owen; Darren Matthews, primary advisory teacher at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education; and Sajeda Amir, English teacher at Levenshulme High School, Manchester. Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival, is again the jury chair.

The winner will be announced on July 13 at an award ceremony in London.

The 2023 Branford Boase Award Shortlist

The Branford Boase Award has a partnership with the Authors’ Licensing  and Collecting Society (ALCS) and it’s supported by Walker Books, which has a title in contention on the shortlist.


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

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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.