The Dark Light: A Writing Competition

by , Thursday July 16, 2015
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The Dark Light: A Writing Competition

Enter the new writing competition for great prizes!



ANNOUNCING an amazing new partnership with Macmillan's teen online reading community, My Kinda Book. My Kinda Book have all of the latest news around YA books from Macmillan. There is a great opportunity in this competition: not only do you get to write a new original story inspired by The Dark Light and win a signed copy, but you could be featured in a special guest blog on My Kinda Book. There is everything to write for!


There will be several Macmillan authors involved in this project who will be Movellas Writing Ambassadors, starting with Julia Bell. As a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, she has some amazing insights into young authors, YA fiction, and will be perfect for writing advice. Keep an eye on the blogs for updates!


About the book

Rebekah has lived on the island her whole life, and it's only now that she's starting to wonder what she might experience outside her strict religious community. Alex has been sent to the island to escape her dark past, and through her eyes it's a dark and sinister place. Thrown together by chance, Rebekah and Alex strike up an unlikely friendship and it's together that they attempt to break free of their worlds and make a world of their own. But when a kiss between the girls is witnessed by an islander there is no escape they can make - theRapture is coming for them all.


Read an Extract of The Dark Light here


About Julia Bell

Julia Bell is the author of two novels for YA: Massive and Dirty Work both published in the UK and US and translated into many foreign languages. She is also the co-editor of the bestselling The Creative Writing Coursebook, which she wrote and compiled while teaching at UEA. She is an alumni of the UEA Creative Writing MA and has put her writing on hold for the last ten years in order to work as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, where she runs a successful MA programme. She is the founder and director of the Writers' Hub website and the annual anthology The Mechanics' Institute Review.


Visit Julia's website 

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The competition

Read the extract of The Dark Light and


1. Write a story about a cult  


2. Write a story where your character is sent away from home.


3. Write a backstory/history for the character Alex.


The prizes


1 winner to win receive a signed copy of The Dark Light and the incredible chance to write a blog on the My Kinda Book website as a guest blog spot.  

3 runners up to win signed copies of the book.



No co-author entries

Open to everyone

No word limit

Competition closes 23:00 GMT 13th August 2015


Read an Extract of The Dark Light here


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