CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2017


Read about the winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, and of the ALCS CKG shadowing scheme writing competition.

The awards ceremony for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals took place in London on Monday 19 June. These prestigious awards celebrate outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

Read more about the winning writers and the ALCS CKG writing competition winners.

ALCS supports the Tom-Gallon Trust Award at the SoA Authors Awards


The 2017 Tom-Gallon Trust Award for a short story has been awarded to Frances Thimann for Shells. The prize of £1,000 was presented by writer Ben Okri at the Society of Authors Authors’ Awards ceremony, held at the Army & Navy Club on 20 June.
Judges Paul Bailey and Fay Weldon said “Thimann’s poignant story has the reader hoping that its two principal characters will find it possible to express their dormant feelings to one another. This is a tender, subtle and even suspenseful story.”
They also commended runner-up Becky Tipper for her story The Rabbit.
During the SoA awards ceremony, 27 writers were given awards for various categories, with £94,000 prize money split between them.

ALCS Educational Writers' Award: entry deadline 30 June


The ALCS Educational Writers' Award celebrates the best of non-fiction which stimulates or enhances learning and is the UK’s only award for creative educational writing.

The 2016 Educational Writers’ Award was won by "This Is Not a Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book", written by Anna Weltman, illustrated by Edward Cheverton and Ivan Hissey, and published by Ivy Kids. The book is a multi-dimensional treasury of graphic activities and drawing challenges that have a mathematical basis. From simple geometric patterns to fractal art, anamorphic art and Celtic knots, it invites the reader to discover the beauty in maths, and the maths in beauty.

Administered by the Society of Authors, the £2,000 award is given annually with the target age groups for the works under consideration rotated each year. 

This year's award is for books published during 2015 and 2016 for the 5-11 age group. A shortlist will be announced in the autumn, and the winner will be announced in early December.

The closing date for entries for the 2017 award is 30th June.

Apply now via the Society of Authors.


Dates for your diary

September 2017 - Statements for the ALCS September distribution will be sent to all members by email for the first time. Make sure we have your up-to-date email address by logging onto the members' area.

Thursday 23 November 2017 - The ALCS AGM will take place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. Further details will be announced nearer the time.

Thursday 30 November 2017 - Articles claims deadline.

Film the House: Call for entries!

If you are an independent or student filmmaker (of any age) and have made a short film from three to ten minutes long, you are eligible to enter Film the House, a competition designed to put MP's in touch with creativity in their constituencies, and enhance the profile of intellectual property with policymakers.

The films can be on any subject, and there are four categories:

a. Best short film  – under 16

b. Best short film – 16 and over

c. Best original film script– under 16

d. Best original film script – 16 and over

Prizes include technical equipment, script or treatment advice from a professional, professional screening of your work in a cinema or screening room as well as experience in a relevant film-related environment.

Entries must be received by 31 July 2017. To find out more, see:

Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ): AGM and summer gathering

Richard Combes, Head of Policy at ALCS is due to speak at the SWWJ's AGM on 29 June 2017.

The event will be held at the National Liberal Club, One Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HE.

Non SWWJ members and guests can't take part in the AGM but are welcome to attend the Tea and Talk at 2.00pm. Contact Benita Cullingford at for tickets and further information.

See the SWWJ website.