Awards and prizes
Frances Hardinge has been shortlisted for and won various awards for her writing.
Frances has been nominated for the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award!
It is an international literature prize awarded to those who continue to work in Astrid Lindgren's spirit: with imagination, bravery, respect and empathy, and maintaining the highest degree of artistic excellence. The list includes some of the world's foremost creators of literature for children and young people, as well as reading promoters.
A Skinful of Shadows has won the Dracula Society's 'Children of the Night' award!
The Children of the Night Award is awarded by The Dracula Society annually. Nominations are invited from members at the beginning of every year for the best original fiction published in the Gothic (including horror or supernatural) genre during the previous year.
Frances is appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature!
"A society of, and for, writers. At the heart of the RSL is its Fellowship, which encompasses the most distinguished authors working in the English language. We build bridges between our Fellows and the reading public, so that their talents are shared as widely as possible."
The Lie Tree wins the UKLA Book Awards 12–16 years category!
"The judges said they were impressed by the 'brilliant powerful language of Frances Hardinge's wholly compelling, dark mystery'. 'The perfectly portrayed Victorian period with the themes of science, religion and the role of women stimulated really interesting class discussion. Despite the fantastically weird story of the Lie Tree itself, this is an intensely human novel with young readers able to really relate to Faith and feel her anger and frustration and her growing realization of parental fallibility.'" More here.
The Lie Tree wins the YA Category of the LA Times Book Prizes 2017!
In his opening remarks, Times Editor and Publisher Davan Maharaj said the responsibility of writers is to be relentless, expose hypocrisy, speak truth to power and to "capture in our prose and poetry" the state of the world.
The Lie Tree wins the 2016 Boston Globe / Horn Book Fiction Award!
"It’s heady stuff; but Hardinge maintains masterful control of the whole complex construct: everything from the sentence level (“The boat moved with a nauseous, relentless rhythm, like someone chewing on a rotten tooth”) on up to the larger philosophical and political (i.e., feminist – the revelation of the book’s villain is … a revelation) questions. A stunner," said Martha V Parravano, of Horn Book.
The Lie Tree wins the overall Costa Book of the Year award 2015!
Frances's latest novel first pipped fellow shortlistees Sally Nicholls, Hayley Long and Andrew Norriss to the Costa Children's Book prize, and then went forward to be chosen ahead of works by Andrew Michael Hurley, Kate Atkinson, Andrea Wulf and Don Paterson for the overall award. Read about it here, and watch Frances's acceptance speech – in which she talks about the 'beautiful jungle' of YA fiction – here!
The 2015 British Fantasy Award – Cuckoo Song wins!
Frances' sixth novel, Cuckoo Song, won the prestigious Robert Holdstock Award for Best Novel, presented by the British Fantasy Society at FantasyCon 2015. Here's an article in The Guardian about it!
Frances later tweeted: “I am informed that, when my name was read out, my look of shock was highly comic. (I still keep double-checking the name on the award).”
The Branford Boase award 2006
The Branford Boase Award is awarded annually for the most promising first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young people. At the same time, it marks the important contribution of the editor in identifying and nurturing new talent.
Frances won the award in 2006 for Fly By Night and, in her acceptance speech, she noted the contributions of three editors: Rebecca McNally, Marion Lloyd and Ruth Alltimes.
Other awards and listings
- The Hebrew translation ofA Skinful of Shadows (translated by Yael Inbar and published by Utz Books) won the 2022 Geffen Award for best YA book translated into Hebrew.
- The Catalan translation of A Skinful of Shadows (translated by Xavier Pàmies and published by Bambú) won the 'translated' category of the Premi Alba prize 2020, which is awarded to the best fantasy children's fiction in Catalan.
- Deeplight has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2021
- The Hebrew translation of Cuckoo Song (translated by Vered Tochterman and published by Utz Books) won the 2020 Geffen Award for best translated youth book
- Deeplight was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2020
- Deeplight was also shortlisted for the Lodestar Award (one of the Not-a-Hugos)
- It was also shortlisted for the Children's Fiction category of the Indie Book Awards
- The Spanish & Catalan editions of Cuckoo Song (translated by Celia Filipetto and Xavier Pamies respectively, and published by Bambú) have won the best translated children's book category of the Premi di Llibreter!
- The French edition of Cuckoo Song (Le Chant du Coucou) was nominated for the 'Roman etranger' category of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2019.
- A Skinful of Shadows was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2019
- A Skinful of Shadows has won the older category of the North Herts Schools' Book Award
- A Skinful of Shadows was shortlisted for the World Science Fiction Society Award for Best Young Adult Book (one of the 'Not-a-Hugo' prizes)
- A Skinful of Shadows was shortlisted for the Locus award for best young adult book
- A Skinful of Shadows was shortlisted for the Books are My Bag Readers Award (YA category):
- The Lie Tree was shortlisted for the Trinity Schools Book Award
- A Skinful of Shadows was shortlisted for the Calderdale Children's Book of the Year
- It was also shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Week Award (children's category)
- The Spanish edition of The Lie Tree has won the Kelvin Award for best YA novel translated into Spanish!
- The Hebrew edition of The Lie Tree (published by Utz) has won Fantastic Library's Golden Griffin Award for the best fantasy novel of 2017!
- A Skinful of Shadows was a finalist for the Young Adult category of the Locus Awards
- A Skinful of Shadows was a finalist for the World Science Fiction Society's Award for Best Young Adult Book
- The Italian edition of The Lie Tree (published by Mondadori) was shortlisted for the Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi, 11+ category
- A Skinful of Shadows was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017
The Lie Tree won the YA Category of the LA Times Book Prizes 2017
- Cuckoo Song appeared on the 2016 Notable Children's Books list in the USA
- The Lie Tree was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016,
- … and for the British Book Industry Awards Children's Book of the Year 2016!
- The SFWA have nominated Cuckoo Song for the 2015 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
- The Lie Tree was shortlisted for the 2016 Carnegie Medal!
- The Lie Tree was shortlisted for the Oxfordshire Book Awards 2016 (secondary-school category)
- And Wandsworth Schools shortlisted The Lie Tree for their FAB Book Award
- Cuckoo Song was shortlisted for the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2016
- And Cuckoo Song was one of the finalists for the elementary/middle grade speculative fiction category of the Cybils!
- Cuckoo Song made the shortlist for the Shropshire Teenage Book of the Year 2016
- The Lie Tree was the Sunday Times' Children's Book of the Year for 2015!
- The Shropshire Teenage Book of the Year 2015 award has The Lie Tree on its longlist
- The Lie Tree was on the longlist for the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year 2016
- The Lie Tree was shortlisted for the 'Simply the Book'/young adult category of the 2016 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards
- Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize 2015 for The Lie Tree
- The Lie Tree was in the Book Trust's Best Book Guide for 2015 (PDF)
- The Lie Tree has been shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Week Award 2015
- Cuckoo Song was shortlisted for the Calderdale Children's Book Award
- Cuckoo Song was shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal! – read more here and here
- Cuckoo Song was shortlisted for the James Herbert Award
- Cuckoo Song was also on the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List
- Cuckoo Song was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association's Best Novel Award
- Cuckoo Song was also longlisted for the Secondary category of the Oxfordshire Book Award
- Cuckoo Song was chosen as one of the Sunday Times 100 Modern Children's Classics
- Cuckoo Song was selected for the Booktrust Best Book Guide 2014 (12–14 years category) [PDF link]
- Cuckoo Song was Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week (18th May 2014)
- And Cuckoo Song was also one of the "Books of the Week" for Peters Books & Furniture (15th May 2014)
- Frances is one of the Top 20 Young SF Novelists, according to Damien Walter in The Guardian: "[her] young adult stories follow in the footsteps of the great Diana Wynne Jones by being equally enchanting for children and adults."
- A Face Like Glass was Book of the Month for March 2013 at Tales on Moon Lane, the award-winning children's bookshop
- Twilight Robbery was in the Top 40 list that celebrates tBk Magazine's 40th issue – it was their favourite of the books feaured in issue 32 (see Frances' blog post about this)
- A Face Like Glass made the UK Literacy Association Book Award 2013 shortlist for the age 7–11 category
- A Face Like Glass was shortlisted for the Kitschies' 2012 Red
- A Face Like Glass was nominated for the Carnegie Medal
- A Face Like Glass was in the longlist
for the UK Literary Association Book Award 2013 (Children's Fiction 7–11
- In September 2012, A Face Like Glass was voted one of the Top 100 Best Ever UKYA Novels
- Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize 2011 for Twilight Robbery / Fly Trap
- Nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2012 for Twilight Robbery / Fly Trap
- Fly by Night was one of The Big Issue magazine's 5 Books Every Child Should Read Before They're 12, in the March 5th–11th 2012 edition.
- Hillingdon Schools' Library Service shortlisted Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy for their Secondary School Book of the Year 2010
- Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy reached the Big Kahuna Round (ie. the final) of the 2010 School Library Journal Battle of the Kids' Books
- Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy was a finalist in the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
- Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy selected as one of Kirkus Review's Best Young Adult Books of 2009
- Selected as one of the School Library Journal Best Books 2009 for Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy
- Chosen for the Junior Library Guild Fall 09 Selection for Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy
- Nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2007 for Verdigris Deep / Well Witched
- Selected as one of the School Library Journal Best Books 2008 for Verdigris Deep / Well Witched
- Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize 2006 for Fly By Night
- Shortlisted for the William Crawford Award 2006 for Fly By Night
- Listed in the New York Public Library's One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing 2006 for Fly By Night
- Listed in the ALA Best of the Best Books 2006 for Young Adults for Fly By Night
- Selected as School Library Journal Best Book 2006 for Fly By Night
- First Prize in Scribble Quarterly Competition for 'Bengal Rose', 2003
- First Prize in Sutton Writers' Circle Short Story Competition for 'Borrowed Time', 2001