The Guardian and Hot Key Books Launch New Children’s Fiction Prize
The quest is on to find the JK Rowlings, Anthony Horowitzes and Roald Dahls of the future as the Guardian and publisher Hot Key Books launch a new writing prize looking for the next generation of children’s fiction writers.
Hot Key Books, which will release its first titles this August, is on the hunt for two “passionate young writers” between the ages of 18 and 25, and will provide its winners with editorial support and the chance to be published. Contestants, who must be previously unpublished, can enter one of two categories in the competition: writing for pre-teens (nine to 12-year-olds), or for young adults (13 to 19-year-olds).
According to Claire Armitstead, books editor of the Guardian and Observer, the project builds on the new children’s books site.
“We wanted a special project to celebrate the first anniversary of our children’s books website,” she said, “and what could be better than helping to find the next generation of children’s writers.
“We’ve got some extremely talented teen members reviewing and contributing their own stories. But the site only accepts writing from children aged 17 and under, which set us wondering what they might go on to do once they had graduated from the site. In China, teen-to-teen writing is hugely popular, so why not in the UK? It’s young people who know best what young readers want.”
The two winners will be picked by a panel of judges, including representatives from the Guardian, Hot Key Books, authors, booksellers and school children. The competition opens on 30 April …
For details of how to enter the Guardian/ Hot Key competition, go to www.hotkeybooks.com
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