Novel Opening Longlist 2023

We are thrilled to announce the longlist for the Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults 2023 competition. Every results day we think that no year can possibly top this one for incredible storytelling but, once again, you’ve raised the bar. You captured our curiosity from the very first sentence and left us desperate to read on at the end. In our eyes you are all worthy winners.

After much deliberation and a few sleepless nights our reading team has finally arrived at the longlist.

Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults Longlist 2023

Ava and Luscious Gardens


Bring Me the Mind of Oscar Brown

Buzz Blackstone and the Case of the Professor and the Pawsetta Stone

Cordelia Creak − Zombie Princess


Elita Moon & The Keeper of Curiosities

Ellie Anderson is Dead

Every Color of My Blood

Fight the Stars




Luna and the Sky Gods

Stirling Liquorice and the Golems

The Box of Life

The Boy Who Didn’t Sleep

The Mystics of Little Edmunswick

The Peregrine’s Apprentice

The Shadow Six

The Trials of Benny Pilgrim

Our highly respected judge, Literary Agent Silvia Molteni, will now read the longlisted entries and decide the top 10 stories, including an overall winner. Results will be published on 26th January, 2024.

If you’re one of our longlistees feel free to shout from the rooftops, but please don’t identify the title of your story on social media while judging is still taking place. Best of luck!

Thank you all for sharing your marvellous stories with us. Keep writing!

Published in
28 November 2023
Last Updated
28 November 2023