HOT KEY BOOKS YOUNG WRITERS PRIZE 2013 SHORTLIST
Nine young writers have been shortlisted for the second Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize aimed at writers aged 18-25 years. The shortlisted writers have been selected from around the world – with writers from the UK, USA and Australia represented, including one writer who has been shortlisted for the second time. This year, fantasy and contemporary stories were the most dominant genres on the shortlist.
(9-12 years category)
· Frankie Jones (24) from Sussex, UK with Frankie’s Giant Secret (Fantasy/Adventure)
· Polly Keeble (25) from London, UK with Kittiwake Home (Fantasy/Adventure)
· Lyndon Riggall (23) from Tasmania, Australia with Charlie in the Dark (Urban fantasy)
· Abigail Slater (19) from Anchorage, Alaska with The Lucky Bones (Historical/Fantasy)
(13-19 years category)
· Kate Herrell (24) from California, USA with Zafre in the Wild (Dystopian)
· Martha Lane (now 26) from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK with Saving Saxon (Contemporary)
· Kahli Scott (23) from Brisbane, Australia with The Button Makers (Dystopian)
· William Van Nierkerk (23) from West Sussex, UK with Miss Kitty and the Pit (Contemporary, Paranormal)
· Amy Whitear (22) from South London, UK with These Crazy Things (Contemporary)
The shortlisted titles will now be read by the judging panel who will select a winner for each category. The winners will be announced at a special event in the Children’s Hub at London Book Fair 2014. The finalists also receive a Kobo Aura device, as donated by Kobo who supported the prize this year.
The judging panel comprises:
- Hot Key authors Matt Whyman and Fleur Hitchcock,
- Director of the National Literacy Trust Jonathan Douglas,
- Kobo Children’s Specialist Antonia Fowler,
- Bookseller Katie Clapham,
- Bloggers from Serendipity Reviews and We Sat Down,
- Guardian Children’s Books Editor Julia Eccleshare
- Hot Key Books Publisher Emily Thomas
Students from Globe School, Southwark, London and St John’s School, Lacey Green, Bucks will also be involved in the judging process.
The Hot Key Young Writers Prize was launched earlier this year for new young writers between the ages of 18 and 25, who write in either of two categories: for ages 9-12 or 13-19. Entrants should be unpublished talents new to the literary world who are passionate about writing for children. The winners, one for each age category, will be given editorial support and the chance to be published by Hot Key Books with the offer of a worldwide publishing contact and an advance of £10,000.
Last year’s winners, Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle and The Rig by Joe Ducie have both received critical praise and good sales.