The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize 2019 – The Shortlist
After considering over 400 submissions, we’ve agreed on our shortlist for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize 2019.
Says Julia: The response was brilliant. As ever, it was such a fun process, there’s so much talent out there. This year’s shortlist is packed with great concepts and heart, voice and freshness. Lizza and I will spend the next week or so working out our winner. It will not be easy.
Says Lizza: It is fascinating to see how new writers have been influenced by Joan Aiken’s books – either in their use of locations, or imaginary worlds, or in descriptions of the special relationships formed by friends in difficult situations. Our shortlist shows some real talent – it’s just tantalising not to have seen how all the stories end!
Fiona Longmuir – The Museum of Emily
Pippa Lewis – The Glass Butterfly
Andrea Fautley – Frost Spell
Lucy Steeds – The Map of Lost Lands
Louisa Cowell – The Second Snowfall
Thank you to everyone who entered. If you haven’t been shortlisted, we may well be back in 2021, so please try again. You all made it a great competition.