A boy a bear and a boat

image-mediumDave Shelton has won the 2013 Branford Boase Award for most outstanding debut novel for children for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, with David Fickling honoured for his editing.

In addition to the above award, there is also the Henrietta Branford competition which is open to anyone under the age of 19. Entrants have to complete a story begun by the winning author of the previous year’s Branford Boase Award. The competition is usually judged by Nikki Gamble of Writeaway and the ‘Just Imagine’ Story Centre in Chelmsford.