Our readers report that this was a very difficult two rounds of further reading of entries on the longlist. At times, they were making such marginal decisions and many reported that they could have put, and indeed, wanted to put others forward, but as it’s a SHORTlist we had to be disciplined and we feel this list is a very strong one indeed with the entries getting universal YES votes in these last two rounds.

Our list consists of 1 x CB, 5 x MG, 2 x Teen and 1 x YA novel, and reflects that more than half of our entries were MG. And the entries range from Fantasy to Funny, Contemporary to Historical, with a little of everything in between.

The selected novels have now been passed onto our agent judge, Chloe Seager, who will choose a winner and runner-up and we will announce those when we receive them.

We’re delighted to announce our shortlist below:

Across The Moonlight BridgeVikki McLean
An Awkward Conversation With HitlerRob Love
Grace Hopgood and the Drowned TownRuth Cooper
How to Help a HeroRebecca J. Carlson
Lexi Lambert’s Suburban Murder SquadJo Dutton
RailersAndrew Stevenson
The Undead Journals of Alex AbbottLouise Austin
Uncle Ulric’s Home For Unusual AnimalsJason Lang
You Have Selected Power DriveLucas Maxwell

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