August 5, 2019

The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize 2019 – Our Winner

We’re delighted to announce that our winner is Lucy Steeds and The Map of Lost Lands. Many congratulations, Lucy!

Julia says: Our shortlist gave us clever concepts, adventure, brave children and wonderful other worlds. Lucy’s The Map of Lost Lands is whimsical, funny, warm and surprising, about a girl finding her disappeared homeland. It’s got pace, originality and confidence. I love it.

Lizza says: Once you have immersed yourself in the world of a book it stays with you – as Joan Aiken said, ‘once a story is written it goes on happening.’ All of our shortlisted writers created their own powerful worlds, and having spent time in them, it was very difficult to choose just one. So thank you to all of you for sharing them, and to everyone else who took part – keep on writing!

Thank you so much to our shortlisted authors, and everyone who entered. We loved reading your work, and so appreciate your contribution.