23rd Feb, 2016

Book prize


The Waterstones Children’s book prize, now in its twelfth year, continues to surprise and delight

Winners for 1916 will be announced in London on Thursday 17 March.

Six books are in competition to be crowned category winner; there are three categories. The winner of each category will receive £2,000. Then the overall winner, from the top three, will be chosen. The winner receives an extra £3,000.

James Daunt, Waterstones Managing Director, said: “The world of children’s books is every bit as exciting and varied as any other area of publishing,’’ and we wouldn’t argue with that.

19th Feb, 2016


Perhaps some clarification is needed on two points.

First, we are a publishing company and not a literary agency. While we welcome submissions through agents, we are not an agency ourselves.

Second, it has been claimed in some nefarious quarters that we are in some way connected to other companies. We are pleased to clarify this too. Emma Stern is not, and never has been, connected with any other publisher, or indeed any other company.

16th Feb, 2016


We are pleased to pass on some news gleaned from The Bookseller. Novelists William Boyd and Jenn Ashworth are to judge the Gordon Burn Prize 2016, alongside journalist and writer Rachel Cooke and artist and author Harland Miller.

The Gordon Burn Prize was launched in 2012 to remember and commemorate the late Faber author.

According to Faber, Burn was a ‘literary polymath who wrote about subjects as seemingly disparate as serial killers, celebrity, sport and art, often blurring the line between fact and fiction.’

The Gordon Burn Prize, run in partnership with the Gordon Burn Trust, New Writing North, Faber & Faber and Durham Book Festival, seeks to celebrate the writing of those whose work follows in Burn’s footsteps.

The prize is now open for entry to published books written in English – closing date Friday 18th March. The winner will be announced on 7 October 2016 at Durham Book Festival. The winning writer will receive a cheque for £5,000.