‘I’m honoured to be Hachette’s representative on the judging panel. One of the greatest highlights of my job is to spot talented new authors with original voices who can also deliver gripping storylines. Whether it’s magical fantasy, humour, a romance with huge heart, or something I don’t even know I’m looking for that will blow reader’s imaginations open – I can’t wait to get stuck into the entries for this prize.’
Helen Thomas is Editor-at-Large for the older fiction team at Hachette Children’s Group, having previously been Editorial Director at Orion Children’s Books. Her focus is on trying to find the sweet spot of exceptionally well-written and commercial fiction for middle-grade and teen readers. She works with authors including Jess Townsend, Annabel Pitcher, Liz Kessler and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. She previously worked for Scholastic and Walker Books.