Mon, 25 January 2021
18:00 – 19:00 GMT

New Writing North are excited to host this Northern Writers’ Awards Roadshow: Hachette Children’s Novel Award

New Writing North are excited to host this Northern Writers’ Awards Roadshow: Hachette Children’s Novel Award, supported by Hachette Children’s Books.

This roadshow is for anyone interested in writing for children. The Hachette Children’s Novel award offers publication for a middle grade novel, and an advance of £5,000 to be set against royalties.

This roadshow will feature the judges for this award: author and publisher Zanib Mian; Hachette Senior Comissioning Editor Tig Wallace; agent Hellie Ogden; and Children’s Category Support at Waterstones Georgina Mitchell.

Zanib Mian‘s books have featured on BBC’s CBeebies Bedtime Stories and the Guardian for their contribution to diversity in children’s literature. Zanib studied Molecular Cell Biology at University College London and went on to teach Science in secondary schools before she made the decision to give up the career to create change within children’s publishing. She felt that diverse characters from all minorities and backgrounds weren’t being fully represented in books for young children. She launched Sweet Apple Publishers with a clear commitment to publishing inclusive books, many of which she has authored herself.

Tig Wallace started his publishing career interning at Penguin, HarperCollins, and Bloomsbury. After a brief and eye-opening experience at Condé Nast involving a dead dog and Cold War boiler suits, Tig joined the team at Penguin Children’s as editorial assistant, just before the merger with Random House. Tig spent six years at PRH, working on books and brands including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Waterstones Prize-shortlisted This Mortal Coil. Now a senior commissioning editor at Hachette, Tig works across middle grade, YA and crossover fiction, with authors including Mitch Johnson, Ben Brooks, and Leigh Bardugo.

Hellie Ogden represents fiction, children’s books and non-fiction and enjoys novels with bold storytelling, moving prose and vivid, thought-provoking characters. As an editorially focused agent, she has a keen interest in helping to develop and nurture debut writers. Hellie featured in the Bookseller Rising Stars List and was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. She represents a number of Sunday Times bestsellers and award-winning writers across genres. She often speaks at writing conferences and mentors debut writers.

Georgina Mitchell is the Children’s Category Support at Waterstones, having joined the Piccadilly Head Office team in 2017 after three years studying English Language and Linguistics at the University of York and one year working in the Children’s section at the Leeds branch. In addition to her role, she is a member of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize panel, which champions the very best in new Children’s literature. She currently works in London and lives in Cambridgeshire, but still refuses to pay more than £3.00 for a pint and cooks Yorkshire puddings at the weekend, proving that you can take the lass out of Yorkshire…

Chaired by Rebecca Wilkie, Senior Programme Manager, New Writing North.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Attendees will not have their camera or microphone on but there will be the opportunity to ask the panelists questions should you want to.

This event is free but places are limited. If you sign up for this event and can no longer attend please email

The Northern Writers’ Awards are produced by New Writing North with support from Northumbria University, Arts Council England and a range of industry partners. The awards support work-in-progress by writers based in the North of England.