THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai nominated for the Finlandia Prize!

We are thrilled to announce that THE HORNED GOD  is nominated for this year’s FINLANDIA PRIZE in the category BEST CHILDREN’S & YA TITLE 2023!

THE HORNED GOD is a YA horror novel by Magdalena Hai, winner of the Finnish Literary Export Prize (2017) and Kaarina Helakisa Prize (2020). Her books have been sold into close to 30 languages. The Finnish cover design is by Karin Niemi.

Motivation of the Finlandia jury:
The novel describes a time in life where one life ends and another should begin, but nothing is as it was. The book creates the world of youth with skill and the dynamic structure and surprisingness are kept till the end. The short novel captures many twists, levels, and emotions with a gripping style. The title has horror, guilt, and appealing symbolism, starting with the dramatic cover. It is a true YA novel.

Finlandia is the most prestigious literary award in Finland, worth 30 000 euros. The winner will be announced on November 29th.

Warmest congratulations to Magdalena Hai!

Curious to find about more about the nominee? We have an English sample and synopsis for you to read!

Download the materials for THE HORNED GOD here!

Otava, March 2023, 150 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

Reading materials:
English sample & synopsis

About author

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series has been sold to 30 territories around the world. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the Finlandia Prize for children's and YA literature and the Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated  the Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


2023, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 4: The Crystal Skull

Magdalena Hai

2023, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Horned God

Magdalena Hai

2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Spell of Iset

Magdalena Hai

2021, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 3: Sticky the Horrible Snowman

Magdalena Hai

2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Magdalena Hai

2019, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 2: The Mystery of the Missing Teeth

Magdalena Hai

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Third Sister

Magdalena Hai

2018, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 1: The Terrible Tickling Powder

Magdalena Hai

2017, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai

2012, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Beggar Princess

Magdalena Hai