“Small in the City is an evocative and immersive book which tells quite an ordinary story in such an extraordinary way that it surprises you,” said Ellen Krajewski, chair of the 2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal judging panel.
The book has been optioned for the screen by Stories First.
Two prizes are awarded annually in the categories of unpublished poetry and short fiction.
“I think it is quite a relief to read books in which you’re secure and comfortable that the [characters] are kind, ethical people. It’s an old-fashioned decency,” Whishaw says.
Souvankham Thammavongsa was awarded the Trillium Book Award for How to Pronounce Knife. Jody Chan won the $10,000 award for poetry for her collection, Sick.
Hush Harbour runs on the core values of audacity and grace.