Barry Cunningham is the co-founder and Publishing and Managing Director of Chicken House Publishing, where he works with authors Cornelia Funke, Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon, Stuart Hill and Rachel Ward. Before the days of the Chicken House, Barry was the founder-Publisher of Bloomsbury Children's Books, where he worked with the likes of Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan and... oh yeah, a little somebody called J.K. Rowling.
On my desk next year, I wish I wish I wish...
1 For a wilderness survival novel with animals
2 A YA detective series that is really tough
...and last but not least...
3 A funny and wise series for 7-9 year olds about ordinary life, with loveable characters and everyday dilemmas (with a twist)
So get writing everyone!
Slushpile note: Chicken House aren't currently accepting unsolicited submissions but they do run a competition every year together with the Times - you can find the details here. I'm off to work out how to get some tough but loveable detective squirrels into my novel... with a twist, of course.
And we love Chicken House for publishing Janet Foxley's Muncle Trogg, winner of the Times/Chicken House competition in 2010! She was featured on our debut series, here.