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WICKED announces sixth year of WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS

Friday, March 11th, 2016

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED 

•      Aspiring young authors can submit their stories until March 25th, 2016

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WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, is proud to announce the sixth year of the prestigious WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, which this year introduces a new non-fiction category. Entries open 3 November 2015 and close 11 March 2016. Details can be found here.

Wicked is also delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her patronage for a further five years.

 

The Duchess of Cornwall said at the award ceremony in 2011, “I believe passionately in nurturing a love of reading and writing in children and young people of all ages. Reading is not only the start of a voyage of personal development and pleasure, but the foundation stone of all education.”

 

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is also returning to the judging panel as Head Judge. She said, “I am thrilled to be asked to be a judge for the second time. It is wonderful to be involved in an award which fires up the imaginations and confidence of these young writers. As an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust, I’m a real advocate of anything that gets young people reading and writing.”

 

As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2016 awards scheme marks the launch of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. The new category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports the charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical.

 

The Awards were created by the producers of Wicked in 2010, in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and spearheaded by bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people. Since launching, over 20,000 young people, aged between 5 and 25, have entered original and thought-provoking pieces of writing that consistently reflect the interests, concerns and deepest thoughts of young people, providing a first-look at the emerging voices of a new generation.

 

A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS Anthology. They are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria, home to the hit musical since 2006, where judges and members of the Wicked cast will announce who has won in each category.

 

Previous winners include Charlotte Carter (Winner, 15-17 Category, 2015) who said, The support shown by everyone involved in the award is fantastic, I cannot thank them enough for the passion, the joy and the hope that they have inspired in me.”

 

Sophie Max who was short-listed four times and won in 2012 said “I am forever grateful for the impact it had on me; in consequence I will always have writing as a part of my life.”

 

Winner of the 18-25 Category Gregory Maguire Award 2014 Chris Pritchard has gone on to be published in a variety of journals and anthologies but his favourite part of the award was hearing the stories by the younger contestants!

 

Caitlin Jenkins, (Winner, 11-13 Category, 2010), said “The biggest thrill I had from the competition was seeing my writing in print, and of course meeting Michael Morpurgo the year I won.”

 

The WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS raises money for the National Literacy Trust, who campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy. Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust will be returning as part of the judging panel.

 

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of Wicked said, “All of us at Wicked are incredibly proud of this project and greatly indebted to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell for their support. Their passionate commitment to encouraging creative writing and improving literacy standards amongst young people in the UK is an inspiration to us all”.

 

Pieces of original writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until 11 March 2016. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to the West End production of Wicked, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, £50 book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books. The individual school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their respective school.

Great new reads for toddlers to teens – May 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Hey hey, welcome to May! This month we have virtual shelves full of great books to inspire your kids to lovereading. You could start by telling them that J. M. Barrie, creator of the ever-young Peter Pan, was a May baby. Born in 1860, a lonely child (the 9th of 10 siblings!), Barrie created a fantasy world that has captured the hearts of kids and adults ever since. Here’s what else is new this month…

Author of the Month, Cassandra Clare

If your teens love reading and haven’t discovered Cassandra Clare yet, now is a great time! The Tolkien and Austen lover is the author of two brilliant series. ‘Infernal Devices’ is a dark, dangerous and romantic urban fantasy in a Victorian London filled with vampires and werewolves. ‘Mortal Instruments’ explores an alternate, parallel world filled with shape-shifting demons. Fans of Twilight will think they’ve died and gone to Heaven! Get all of the books in these amazing series by visiting Lovereading4kids today.

Books of the Month

Our bookshelf this month is packed with great reads for all tastes and ages. Get started now and find your kids a fabulous new adventure this month.

Plus for the fast-growing army of e-readers, don’t miss our eBook of the Month, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (14+) Hunger Games-type action-packed survival against the odds.

Get Competitive! Great chances to Win

We’ve three great competitions this month. Tied into our section featuring the fabulous children’s books of award-winning fledgling publisher Nosy Crow, 3 lucky winners can win an exciting selection of books and apps. Click here to enter.

PLUS! We also have 5 awesome brand new Horrid Henry T-Shirts to give away to coincide with the forthcoming publication of Henry’s latest exploits – Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie. Here’s the link … Go there, do that and get the T-shirt!

And we have an 100 book give-away of Matt Dickinson’s 11+ thriller Mortal Chaos to get readers in the mood for the release of his second, Deep Oblivion (published in June), which you can read an extract of in our Pre-Publication section today.

That’s a First! – Debuts of the Month

Whatever you do don’t let your teenagers miss our MEGA Debut of the Month
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (14+). A novel which packs a heart stopping punch. Sixteen year old twins Hephzi and Rebecca are about as different from each other as they could be. In this harrowing survival tale of family ties, hopes and dreams.

Below are our other top debuts for May:

A Dog Called Homeless

Sarah Lean

(9+) Heartbreakingly beautiful, tender story of heartache and hope, doubt and courage, silence and song.
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Hitler’s Angel

William Osborne

(11+) Courage and danger in a page-turning thrill ride that readers will devour!
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Secret Breakers : The Power of Three

H. L. Dennis

(11+) Code-breaking, secrecy and adventure … DaVinci Code for kids!
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Slated

Teri Terry

(14+) Gripping, absorbing, dystopian psychological thriller.
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Rabbiting on! – Series of the Month, Little Grey Rabbit

Hooray! These delightful, classic and much-loved tales for kids aged 3+ have been re-launched in beautiful editions and we have loved getting to know them again! You’ll be glad you clicked.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Well, we couldn’t ignore the Diamond Jubilee (Gawd bless yer majesty)! So, we have compiled a small selection of titles to celebrate. Our absolute favourite is Horrid Henry meets the Queen by Francesca Simon, which should really be called: ‘The Queen meets Horrid Henry’! Sparks fly as you can imagine! …

Writing Competitions for Young and Old

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that inspires new talent and this month there are TWO great competitions for budding writers:

The Wicked Young Writers competition rewards creative writing by young people from the ages of 5 to 25 and is judged by former

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Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Visit the website to get started!

And for slightly older writers: the Times / Chicken House New Writers Award. An annual search for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love. Anyone who has written a novel for children aged 7-18 can submit a manuscript. Click here to find out more about entering.

See below for a bookshelf of previous winners and runners up who were also published by Chicken House.

And finally, definitely worth a look … Sean Taylor, best known as an illustrator, has released his debut YA fiction title, A Waste of Good Paper (11+). Drawing from his own experiences, this is a searingly honest and touching work. Think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Well, that’s all folks! May in a basket! Scroll down to see more book recommendations in the age ranges you have said you are interested in. If you want to change them just log in to your account.

 

See you in June for some summer fun. Til’ then, Happy Reading!


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