Fancy yourself as a published author?

Movellas, Random House Australia and Sony have joined forces to find the best young Australian writing superstar. The icing on the cake? One talented writer could win a publishing contract!

 

Are you the next J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins or Veronica Roth? Is there half a novel hidden in your desk or in a computer folder that could be the next Hunger Games? Or maybe you have an idea and just needed that little bit of inspiration to get writing...

 

You could be the Sony Young Movellist of the Year, Australia! 

 

Free to enter and open to writers aged between 13 and 19 years, this competition may see one young Australian superstar be given the opportunity to receive an exclusive publishing contract with Random House Australia.

 

Judging the competition is the awesome young adult author, Skye Melki-Wegner who will be selecting the final winner from the shortlisted authors. 

 

"I’m so excited to be involved in the new Sony Young Movellist of the Year award! Creative writing is a fantastic way for young people to express themselves and this is a chance to share their stories with the world. Best of luck to all participants — I can’t wait to read your entries!"  - Skye Melki-Wegner

 

But with the winner set for announcement in August 2014 at a glamorous awards ceremony sponsored by Sony, the challenge is most definitely on, and like Katniss Everdeen only the strongest and most committed young writers will survive.

 

Never fear though, as the ten shortisted Movellians from last year's UK competition and the last year's winner, Helen Hiorns will be on hand, providing top tips, guidance and encouragement.

 

Here's how to enter:

 

1) Sign up or sign in to Movellas, create your profile and explore the site and apps. 

2) When you are ready, create a new movella and upload the first three chapters of your novel (no more than three at this point!). Click the BIG GREEN BUTTON in the top right corner to enter the movella into the contest. 

3) If you want to enter a movella you’ve already created on the site, that’s fine! You just need to remove it from the site, then re-upload the first three chapters only. 

4) Don’t forget to check out tips and literary advice from other Movellians and authors to help make your entry a winner.

5) NOW THE IMPORTANT PART: those first three chapters are great for feedback and seeing what the Movellas community think of your idea, but once you have summed up the courage, email your full length novel (40,000 + words) to movellistau@movellas.com to be in with a chance of being the Sony Young Movellist of the Year, Australia. 

 

And then?

 

1) Movellas will spend a manic few weeks reading all of the entries, from which there will be created a shortlist of 10 novels. 

2) These 10 novels will be delivered to the expert hands of Random House and Skye Melki-Wegner, who together will whittle it down to just three: two runners-up, and one overall winner!

 

The prizes:

 

1) The overall winner may be offered the opportunity to enter into a publishing agreement with Random House, including a $1,000 advance! They will also receive a Sony Xperia Z Ultra Smartphone.

2) The two runners-up will receive the Skye Melki-Wegner's entire backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Xperia Z Ultra Smartphone

3) The overall winner and the two runners-up will be invited to afternoon tea or skype chat (if distance is an issue) with the Skye Melki-Wegner, and will be able to bring a parent, guardian or friend each. Note: this does not include any travel or accommodation

4) One winner (selected by the Movellas community) who ONLY submitted the first three chapters of a novel (i.e. did not follow up with a full length novel - but why would you do that!?) will receive a mentoring session with a professional writer. Entrants from outside Australia are not eligible for the overall publishing prize but are welcome to enter the competition for the first 3 chapters.

 

If you’re under 18, you’ll need to have parental consent before we’re able to pick your entry for ourshortlist of ten – so be ready to ask them! Before entering please read our full terms and conditions here.

 

 

                                   

 
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Important dates

Start date
Tuesday March 4, 2014
End date
Tuesday May 6, 2014