Drum roll please... the shortlist for the Sony Young Movellist of the Year award is here.
More than one hundred amazing novels were submitted to the competition by young people across the country, and we have had an incredibly tough time trying to choose between them with our partners Movellas and Random House. However, we've now drawn together a shortlist of ten, that is ready to be judged by writer of the moment and new Waterstones' Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman - who also happens to be our young people's reading Ambassador.
In no particular order, here's the shortlist:
Wings by Danielle Paige, 16 from Norfolk
My Corrupted Lungs by Kyra Schlachter. 16 from Essex
Girl With a Thousand Faces by Emma Yeo, 17 from Tyne and Wear
Name Upon Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns, 19 from Coventry
The Lives We Live by Edie Dams, 14 from Brighton
The Art of Forgetting by Warona Jolomba., 16 from Warwickshire
The Thorn In My Flesh by Alexandra Morley. 19 from Kingston
Gift: The Rebellion by Saskia Ross, 16 from Buckinghamshire
I Dare You by Molly Looby, 18 from Essex
The Mendacii Key by Annabel Green, 15 from Somerset
The winner and runners up will be announced on the 15 July 2013 at an awards ceremony at King's Place, London, sponsored by Sony Reader Store. We will contact international winners in the next two weeks and make a separate announcement.
Congratulations to the ten shortlisted entrants, and commiserations to all of those who didn't quite make it. However, all those who entered surely have well-honed writing muscles by now, and there's no reason not to carry on being creative. So, why not check out our creative writing tips and interviews with professional writers here, as well as the 'getting started' presentation below?
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