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EUGENIE SUMMERFIELD CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE

SHORT LISTED AUTHORS AND BOOKS

‘Stunt Double’                                                            Tamsin Cooke

 

‘Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face

and the Great Big Story Nickers’                              John Dougherty

 

‘How Not to Be Weird’                                                Dawn McNiff

 

‘The Wolf Who Cried Boy!’                                                     James O’Neill

 

‘Bird Girl’                                                                        Maudie Smith

 

‘A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice’                      Chitra Soundar

 

AWARD CEREMONY

Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize 2018  – Award Ceremony and Tea Party

 Sunday 15th July 2018 3-5pm  

The Suffolk Anthology Book Shop 17 Suffolk Parade Cheltenham 

 

We were delighted by the very high standard of submissions received and have decided to extend the number of shortlisted writers from five to six. All shortlisted authors will be invited to the Award Ceremony and Tea Party on Sunday 15th July 2018 3-5pm at Cheltenham’s independent bookshop, The Suffolk Anthology. The overall winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony and will receive a cheque for £500.  A professional actor will read extracts from the prize winning book and also a Wriggly Worm Story by Eugenie Summerfield.  Published collections of the Wriggly Worm stories will be on sale at The Suffolk Anthology.

 

 

BACKGROUND

The Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize has been established in memory of the children’s author Eugenie Summerfield, who passed away in 2016. Eugenie was born at the family home in Great Pulteney Street, Bath.  She is popularly remembered as the author of the Wriggly Worm Stories on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Listen with Mother’. Her 22 children’s books were published by publishers such as Puffin, Ward Lock, Hutchinson, Nelson and Arnold Wheaton. From 1975-76 Yorkshire Television broadcasted 16 of her stories as part of ‘My World’, which included The Cats of Meers, and The Runaway Piano (available on Youtube).  Humour, imagination and an engaging literary style were central to Eugenie’s own writing and it is the aim of this prize that this approach to children’s writing should be fostered and encouraged.  The prize is for children’s authors who currently live in the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire or Somerset and reflects the familial links of Eugenie Summerfield. The prize will be biennial and will be first awarded in 2018. For further information about Eugenie Summerfield see www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/28/eugenie-summerfield-obituary

JUDGES

Jane Bailey (Author, shortlisted for the Dillons Prize and writer-in-residence for Cheltenham Festivals First Story), Caroline Sanderson (Author, Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Worcester, judge for the 2013 Costa Biography Award and 2016 Wales Book Award), Angela Summerfield (Fine Art oil painter, art historian and author) and Caroline Summerfield (Playwright, novelist and screenwriter.)

WHAT THE JUDGES WERE LOOKING FOR

Published children’s fiction books of outstanding literary merit which show imagination and originality.

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EUGENIE SUMMERFIELD CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE

 

The Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize has been established in memory of the children’s author Eugenie Summerfield, who passed away in 2016. Eugenie was born at the family home in Great Pulteney Street, Bath.  She is popularly remembered as the author of the Wriggly Worm Stories on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Listen with Mother’. Her 22 children’s books were published by publishers such as Puffin, Ward Lock, Hutchinson, Nelson and Arnold Wheaton. From 1975-76 Yorkshire Television broadcasted 16 of her stories as part of ‘My World’, which included The Cats of Meers, and The Runaway Piano (available on Youtube).  Humour, imagination and an engaging literary style were central to Eugenie’s own writing and it is the aim of this prize that this approach to children’s writing should be fostered and encouraged.  The prize is for children’s authors who currently live in the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire or Somerset and reflects the familial links of Eugenie Summerfield. The prize will be biennial and will first be awarded in 2018. For further information about Eugenie Summerfield see www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/28/eugenie-summerfield-obituary

THE PRIZE                                        

Prize:                                 £500 with a short-list of five writers.

Submission  Dates:      10th July 2017 – 31st January 2018.

WHAT THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR

Published children’s fiction books of outstanding literary merit which show imagination and originality.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Published children’s authors over 18 years of age, resident in either Gloucestershire, Wiltshire or  Somerset at the date of submission.
  2. Books of fiction for children and young people, illustrated or non-illustrated.
  3. UK Published Books only, in English, with ISBN Numbers. No self-published books.
  4. Books in rhyme are eligible, but not collections of poetry.
  5. Books published either in 2016 or 2017 are eligible.

SUBMISSION RULES

  1. No entry fee.
  2. Maximum one entry per author or co-authors.
  3. Submissions only from authors will be considered. No submissions from either publishers or agents will be accepted.
  4. Authors are responsible for ensuring that the correct postage is used. Any postage-due submissions will be rejected.
  5. After judging has been completed, all submitted books will be donated to book charities and children’s hospices.
  6. Entrants must provide their name, address, telephone number (landline not mobile phone number) and email address with their submission. There is no entry form.
  7. Entries should be clearly marked ‘The Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize’ and should be sent to Bandon House Church Lane Toddington Cheltenham GL54 5DQ.
  8. The judges’ decision will be final. This is a prize administered by the Summerfield Family and is not connected in any way with the Summerfield Charitable Trust.
  9. Submissions accepted between 10th July 2017-31st January 2018 (inclusive). If you wish to have your submission acknowledged please enclose a stamped addressed postcard.
  10. Enquiries to: casummerfield@btinternet.com

JUDGES

Jane Bailey

Author, shortlisted for the Dillons Prize and writer-in-residence for                                             Cheltenham Festivals First Story.

Caroline Sanderson    

Author, Associate Editor of The Bookseller, and judge for the 2013 Costa Biography Award and 2016 Wales Book Award.

Angela Summerfield  

Fine Art oil painter,  art historian and author.

Caroline Summerfield          

Playwright, novelist and screenwriter.

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We are pleased to announce that Cheltenham’s independent book shop, The Suffolk Anthology http://www.theanthology.co.uk/ , have agreed to host the award of the Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize. Both the winner and the runners-up will be invited to a Sunday afternoon tea at Anthology, along with many of their young readers and customers.