Sunday 4 December 2011

Countdown to Christmas: Publisher Barry Cunningham

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.


  1. A great post and.....ummmm....interesting....two of my wips fit in with different parts of this wish list I think. Chicken House comp 2012 here I come!

  2. Hmmm. Funny AND Wise. Sounds like the perfect comedy duo. Must dig out all those books on philosophy. Hmmmm #am thinking

  3. Must speak to my agent - I have two characters I'd like you to meet...

  4. Chicken House is great! Got to love Barry.

    My MS doesn't fit into those - darn. Can I bang out a decent novel in nine months? *thinks*

  5. Am loving your Christmas countdown - so interesting and thought-provoking to see what's on publishers' wish lists.

  6. Well I am going to enter it next year...hopefully my book falls into the series for children about everyday life with a twist! It is called Hotel for Ghosts. Also working on another and then another and then...I won't stop till, well, I won't stop.


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