Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s WMCNA. We are very proud and honoured that so many of you chose to enter. Indeed, we were slightly overwhelmed with the final number of 447 entries that we received, which is more than 200 more than last year!
As a result, this announcement has been slightly delighted to ensure every entry was read 4 times, twice by an experienced adult reader or by a kid reader, in your target audience (as much as was possible).
We received wide variety of entries, from PB up to YA, from Historical to Futuristic.
Funny was the biggest genre (143 entries – 32%), followed by Adventure (129 entries – 28.9%) and then Fantasy (last year’s most abundant with 119 entries – 26.6%).
23% of novels entered featured a BAME main character.
In terms of age groups, check out the lovely pie chart below, which shows us that PB’s were the most populous with YA taking a big reduction from last year.
One thing that was noted by our readers, and especially by kid readers (who found many of the MG entries inappropriate for their age group) was that many of you are labelling your YA novels as MG. We understood this to be a direct correlation, if not causation, resulting from the much talked about decline in YA sales in the UK.
It’s not a problem for an adult reader mostly, but do take care with your content if you’re moving from YA to MG please. Do your research as to what is appropriate to include and what is not. You may receive notes on this in your feedback.
So, to our longlist, well we have 53 entries on it this year (as you know, we like a LONG longlist, to encourage as many of you as we can to keep going with those novels.) as well as a list of Readers Favourites, which include both entries which longlist and some which didn’t, in the hope, again, that it may provide you with some comfort and encouragement.
Our list has 20 PBs, 3 CBs, 18 MGs and 12 YAs. This reflects quite well the entry numbers and ensures we have the best from each category on the list, though this was how the numbers fell naturally once we counted 2 factors – the average reader score (top 30 included) and those with 4 YES votes (an additional 23).
1 writer has 4 novels on the list, and 1 writer has 2 novels.
If you have been longlisted, please reply to Stuart’s email (which you will receive shortly) with your full manuscript by 11.59pm on Sunday 1st March, 2020. This is the same for PB writers, as you may have made small changes since you first submitted.
And if you’re on the list, as reading is blind, do not mention your title on social media please. But definitely DO celebrate being on the list.
And do remember, whatever the result, you will all have your feedback on the way. (Please allow at least 1 week for this to be distributed. If you are on the longlist, you will not receive your feedback until your participation is finished.)
Here’s the longlist
|“It’s weird,” said the beard.|
|A Bundle Of Fluff Isn’t Nearly Enough|
|A Half-Pint of Hero Blood|
|A Murmuration of Starlings|
|A Sea Full of Wonder|
|A STORM WALKING|
|AGAINST ALL ODDS|
|DEXTER AND THE DARK UNICORN|
|Dexter Drake and the Devils of Endling|
|Edie, Dan and Laura|
|Faruq and the Wiri Wiri|
|Finlay And The Sandy Beakers|
|Grow Me a Rainforest|
|Hattie the Housefly|
|I love you, Sunshine|
|Jackie and the Cosmic Beanstalk|
|My Mummy’s a Witch|
|OTHERWORLD: THE WHITE RAVEN|
|Playdate in Space|
|Smoke and Mirrors|
|The Angel’s Tear|
|The Curry Catastrophe|
|The Eternal Return of Clara Hart|
|The Failed Genius Club|
|The Far Side of the Galaxy|
|The Giants of Machu Picchu|
|The Girl Who Talked to Ghosts|
|The Go Away Rain Dance|
|The Lord Of The Hat|
|The Memory of Swimming|
|The Mind-Boggling Adventures of Cark Parker|
|The Pumpkin’s Wish|
|The Witch with an Itch|
|Witch is Not Going to the Doctors|
Well done to everyone on the list! 🎉
Here’s our Reader Favourites
(this is just for info and to give those who didn’t make the longlist an extra boost! And please note that not every reader listed a favourite)
|A Bundle of Fluff Isn’t Nearly Enough|
|A Half Pint of Hero Blood|
|A Scarf for Sorcha|
|Dexter and the Dark Unicorn|
|Grave of Horses|
|My Name Is Sunshine Simpson|
|Old Pirate Jim And The Buckets Of Gold|
|The Lord of the Hat|
|The Second Choice|
|The Snow Circus|
|Witch is Not Going to the Doctor’s|
|A Half-Pint of Hero Blood|
|A Lifetime Dwells Within|
|A Taste of Home|
|Dogs of Doom|
|Faruq and The Wiri Wiri|
|Grow Me A Rainforest|
|Harley Hunter Boxer Detective|
|Hattie the Housefly / The Puddle Monsters|
|Maya’s Remarkable Music Tree|
|Miss Elder’s Fairy Tale Academy|
|Mist of Change|
|The Battle for Lawrie Lewis|
|The Curse of the Goldicoot|
|The Fairy Who Flew To The Moon|
|The Giants of Machu Picchu|
|The Grail In Between|
|The Great Sky Squabble|
|The Lights of Altero|
|The Umbra Tales|
|Toast and Peanut Butter|
|Witch is not Going to the Doctor’s|
If you have got to this point, and not seen your novel listed, I am truly sorry. I’d love to have listed a 100 more, but we must also keep the standards high, too.
But here’s my emotions to you all right now – I know how tough it is:
Keep writing – keep writing that story, whatever the feedback says. Yes, make the adjustments (or not – read my post on this) and get on with finished, polishing and making that book the very best it can be.
After all, many of you will still go on to get agents and get published. One factor which will separate those of you who will and those who won’t – persistence. Please persist, please keep trying, please keep going and get in touch with me in a year or 10 and tell me all about it. I’m rooting for you.
May the Force be with each and every one of you!
And to our readers, our adult ones listed below and our 100 or so kid readers, thank you for making this possible. Here’s to the longlist reading next!
Alexandra Page, Clare Helen Welsh, A.J. Sass, Carolyn Ward, Anna Orridge, Anne Boyere, Dale Hannah, Ellie Lock, Emma Finlayson-Palmer, Emma Read, Florianne Humphrey, Hannah Kates, Julie Sykes, Jodi Herlick, Julie Marney Leigh, Kathryn Lougheed, Kathryn Clark, Lindsay Galvin, Lydia Massiah, Melissa Welliver, Stephen Catling, Alison Donald, Polly Owen, Fiona Barker, Jenny Moore, Bonnie Swanson.