THE GREENHOUSE FUNNY PRIZE

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to SWAPNA HADDOW, winner of the 2014 Greenhouse Funny Prize for her story Dave Pigeon.

Coming in a close second is CLARE WELSH for The Aerodynamics of Biscuits, hotly pursued by YASMIN FINCH in third place for Mr Moustachio.

The Greenhouse and Faber judging panel has smiled, chuckled and laughed its way through the dozens and dozens of entries in this year’s competition.  We’ve enjoyed every single minute of it and cannot thank everybody enough for sending in their work. 

The top three entries were all funny and original.  They each had that vital, magical ingredient that made them stand out from the (accomplished) crowd.  It was impossible to resist the autobiography of a pigeon called Dave, typed on a typewriter, and recounting his battle against arch enemy Mean Cat.  Similarly, we fell for the mice who are convinced that they can build a rocket ship from biscuits that will take them to the moon where they can feast on moon cheese.  And as for Mr Mustachio and his glorious moustache, we all wanted face-pieces of our own, even after reading of his unfortunate entanglement with a playground roundabout.

Thank you to the other fledging writers, who took us into outerspace and jungles, carried us on adventures to other worlds and foreign places, who introduced us to rogue grandparents, multi-lingual livestock and terrible teachers.  We’re sorry that we can’t offer winning slots to so many more.  We loved reading your work.

THE GREENHOUSE FUNNY PRIZE TEAM 2014

A REMINDER ABOUT THIS YEAR’S KEY INFORMATION . . .

WILL YOU CONTACT ME ONCE YOU’VE READ MY SUBMISSION EVEN IF I DON’T WIN OR MAKE THE SHORTLIST?
We would love to contact everybody but, due to the high number of entries we’ve received, it’s just not possible.  We will be in touch only with the shortlisted authors.

WILL YOU PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON MY STORY?
We’re sorry, but no.  It’s not feasible. 

WHAT WILL I WIN?
The winner will be offered representation by Greenhouse. 
Two runners up will receive a selection of children’s books chosen by the judging panel.

Please note that we reserve the right not to award a winner if we feel that no entry reaches a high enough standard.

WHO WILL BE JUDGING THE FUNNY PRIZE?
The Children’s Editorial team at Faber & Faber Ltd and Polly Nolan at the Greenhouse Literary Agency.