Winner of Radical Children's Fiction Prize clinches book deal and Carnegie nomination

News - Prizes Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Zanib Mian has been nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal; The Muslims has secured a three-book deal with Hachette Children's Group

The winner of the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children's Fiction has been nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Zanib Mian's The Muslims was published by her own indie publishing company, Sweet Apple Books, in October 2017. Since winning the Little Rebels Award, Mian has gone on to secure a three-book-deal with Hachette Children's Group.

Mian said: "Winning the Little Rebels Award catapulted me to places I never dreamt of getting to, in my career! Thanks to the spotlight the award brought - and of course, the support from the amazing panel of judges and the organisers - my book found its way into the hands of people who may not have otherwise discovered it, which led to me signing an agent, securing a three-book deal with Hachette Children's Group, being shortlisted for the UKLA awards and nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!"

Submissions for the 2019 Little Rebels Award are now open. The 2019 judges are: YA author, Patrice Lawrence; BJ Epstein, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia; Darren Chetty, teaching fellow at University College London and Emily Drabble, head of children's book promotions/prizes at BookTrust. This year, the judges will be joined by Shaun Dellenty, former deputy head, trainer in LGBT+ inclusive education and author of forthcoming Celebrating Difference: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion (Bloomsbury May 2019).

Dellenty said: "I am looking forward to being a Little Rebels judge! Ten years of work in LGBT+ inclusion in education has proved the urgent need for a wide range of representative and inclusive children's fiction that promotes social justice, equality and compassion for human diversity. We must nurture schools in which young people can bring curiosity to their own responses and reactions to diversity; high-quality texts are a vital stimulus for these potentially life changing conversations."

The Little Rebels Award celebrates children's books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice. The prize is administered by booksellers Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop on behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers. Publishers are invited to submit relevant books first published in 2018. Full submission guidelines can be found at The closing date for nominations is 30 January 2019. The shortlist will be announced in April 2019 with the wining announcement in early July.

Photo: Zanib Mian (left) with Little Rebels Judge, Catherine Johnson, at the London Radical Book Fair, June 2018

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