Wolverhampton author makes book prize longlist
Wolverhampton children’s author Paul Dowswell has won a place on this year’s BookTrust Teenage Prize longlist.
His book, Auslander, is vying for the prize with 12 other titles. They are:
Exposure by Mal Peet
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Vanishing of Katherina Linden by Helen Grant
Solitaire by Bernard Ashley
The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine
Bloodchild by Tim Bowler
Ostrich Boys by Keith Grey
Furnace: Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
The Graveyard by Neil Gaiman
Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestley
Numbers by Rachel Ward
Three Ways to Snog an Alien by Graham Joyce.
The shortlist is announced in September and the winner, who will win £2,500, will be announced at a ceremony in London in November. Last year’s winner was Ness’s book The Knife Of Never Letting Go.
The prize was launched in 2003 to celebrate modern fiction writing for teenagers.
Former judge, author Matt Whyman, has described the prize, which is judged by a mixed panel of adults and teenagers, has, “fast become the benchmark for quality young people’s fiction in the UK.”
Booktrust, a charity, is run with the support of The Reading Agency, which publicises the Teenage Prize in libraries across the UK, primarily through coordination with public and school library services.
It is now inviting young writers to enter a short story competition to win a place on the judging panel for this year’s prize.
It is challenging young writers aged 11-16 to write a 500-word short story with the title President for a Day.
The deadline for competition entries is July 27, 2009. The guidelines and entry form are available for download from the website http://www.bookheads.org.uk
The authors of the four best short stories will win a place on the judging panel for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009.
They will join Times journalist Alyson Rudd, author Marcus Sedgwick, librarian Judi James, writer and translator Daniel Hahn and Aniketa Khushu, a young judge whose short story won her a place on the judging panel last year.