Thursday, 23 May 2013

Random House Children's Books announce the Sony Young Movellist of the Year Shortlist (in association with Movellas)

Random House popped up this morning to tell us that the final shortlist of ten teens in the Sony Young Movellist of the Year competition have now been officially announced.

Here's a quick rundown of the ten teens, their inspiration and their stories:

WINGS by Danielle Paige, 16 from Norfolk 

"Malorie Blackman is incredible. I find her writing style to be very unique and original, and I admire her greatly. Her books just seem to flow perfectly."

MY CORRUPTED LUNGS by Kyra Schlachter. 16 from Essex

“I see Movellas as not just a writing site, but a community as well, because we're all working towards a common goal. I found that I could really connect with the people there! The website is supremely easy and quick to use, and the forums provide me with a quick way to gain solid feedback and a range of perspectives on my work”.

GIRL WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Emma Yeo, 17 from Tyne and Wear

“It would mean so much to me to win, to have the novel I dreamed up in the back of my mind out there in the world, but even if I don’t just to know that people are reading my stories here on Movellas makes me happy.”

NAME UPON YOUR WRIST by Helen Hiorns, 19 from Coventry

“I’m amazed that I’ve been given this chance, particularly because I only found out about the competition eight days before the deadline and wrote the 40k needed to finish my novel in a mad rush – needless to say, I didn’t leave the flat much that week”.

THE LIVES WE LIVE by Edie Dams, 14 from Brighton

“Being published before I was considered ‘an adult’ would just be amazing – a dream come true.”

THE ART OF FORGETTING by Warona Jolomba., 16 from Warwickshire

“Malorie Blackman is one of the writers that has made me love writing, imagining and creating stories and making them become a reality.”

THE THORN IN MY FLESH by Alexandra Morley. 19 from Kingston

“Being published by RH would mean an absolute bag of gold to me, it would be everything I want and more and it would be such an honour from such a brilliant company”

GIFT: THE REBELLION by Saskia Ross, 16 from Buckinghamshire

“I've been really active on Movellas, more than i thought I’d be. I've been struggling to find a writing website i could call home since my usual one was sold, as everywhere else was just too big! Here though, i feel like you can really strike up a friendship with someone and get to know them.”

I DARE YOU by Molly Looby, 18 from Essex

“Movellas is a very friendly place where no one seems afraid to share their ideas because they know they'll receive constructive criticism and encouragement so they could feel good about themselves and their writing.”

THE MENDACII KEY by Annabel Green, 15 from Somerset

“I have always found her [Malorie Blackman] one of the most inspirational writers of our time. Her writing reflects such understanding of humanity that it makes me crave to see the world through her eyes. She has inspired me to

break new boundaries and write about things I may find shocking or simply unthinkable. I can think of no better person to be heading this competition.”

The winners will be announced at a glamorous ceremony at King's Place London, sponsored by the Sony ReaderStore.

We wish the finalists the very best of luck. Keeeeeeep writing!