Branford Boase Award

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The Branford Boase Award is a British literary award presented annually to an outstanding children's or young-adult novel by a first-time writer; "the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist."[1]

Wendy Boase, Editorial Director of Walker Books, and Henrietta Branford worked together to produce a great number of books. Both Boase and Branford died in 1999 of cancer. The Branford Boase Award was created to celebrate and commemorate their names and memories and to encourage new talent in writing, which they worked for. The awards were a joint idea by Julia Eccleshare and Anne Marley who both had jobs to do with books.[2]

The Branford Boase Award runs alongside the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition for young writers (under 19).[2]

Winners receive a hand-crafted box with the Branford Boase Award logo and a cheque for £1,000. The prize and the official website are currently sponsored by the best-selling children's writer Jacqueline Wilson.[3]

I have a special affection for this prize since I was invited to be the first Author Judge in 2000. Since then the prize has grown in stature with an incredible 57 titles submitted last year, reflecting a great enthusiasm for new writing amongst publishers and readers alike. It can be such a struggle for new writers starting out that I am thrilled to be able to offer this support to a prize which can make a real difference to their prospects.


Branford Boase Award winners[4]
Year Writer Title Editor Publisher
2000 Katherine Roberts  Song Quest Barry Cunningham  Chicken House Publishing
2001 Marcus Sedgwick Floodland Fiona Kennedy Orion Books
2002 Sally Prue Cold Tom Liz Cross Oxford
2003 Kevin Brooks Martyn Pig Barry Cunningham Chicken House
2004 Mal Peet Keeper Paul Harrison Walker Books
2005 Meg Rosoff How I Live Now Rebecca McNally Puffin Books
2006 Frances Hardinge Fly By Night Ruth Alltimes Macmillan Children's Books 
2007 Siobhan Dowd A Swift Pure Cry David Fickling and
Bella Pearson
David Fickling Books
2008 Jenny Downham Before I Die David Fickling David Fickling
2009 B. R. Collins The Traitor Game Emma Matthewson Bloomsbury Publishing
2010 Lucy Christopher Stolen Imogen Cooper Chicken House Publishing
2011 Jason Wallace Out of Shadows Charlie Sheppard Andersen Press
2012 Annabel Pitcher My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece  Fiona Kennedy Orion[5]
2013 Dave Shelton A Boy and a Bear in a Boat David Fickling David Fickling
2014 C.J Flood Infinite Sky Venetia Gosling Simon & Schuster
2015 Rosie Powell Leopold Blue Katie Thomas Hot Key Books
2016 Horatio Clare Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot Penny Thomas Firefly Press
2017 M. G. Leonard Beetle Boy Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon Chicken House Publishing





  1. ^ (Home). The Branford Boase Award and Henrietta Branford Writing Competition ( (BBA and HBWC). Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  2. ^ a b "Branford Boase Award". BBA and HBWC. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  3. ^ "Financial Support". BBA and HBWC. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  4. ^ "Previous Winners". BBA and HBWC. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  5. ^ Alison Flood (5 July 2012). "Brandford Boase award goes to My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  6. ^ 2011 shortlist Archived October 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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