Reconquista_Cover_for_KindleReconquista‘ has been long-listed in the prestigious Children’s Novel 2016 competition.

Organised by the magazine ‘Mslexia‘ to encourage new writing by women, this year’s competition received over a thousand entries.  The long list, of the top one hundred books will now be read by a panel of judges, including former Children’s Laureate and award winning novelist Anne Fine, literary agent Claire Wilson and the Children’s Editor of ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, Charlotte Eyre before being whittled down to a twelve novel short list.  The short list will be announced at the beginning of December.

The list will be further shortened to the five finalists, who will be invited to a special mslexialogo_whitebackgroundevent in London with literary agents.  The five finalists and the eventual winner will be announced in Mslexia magazine in Spring 2017. The winner will receive £5,000. Winners in recent years, of this and its sister prize, have gone on to win major publishing contracts.

So fingers, and toes, crossed for ‘Reconquista’ and watch this space.