Young Movellist of the Year

by , Monday February 18, 2013
Young Movellist of the Year

Movellas, Random House, the Sony Reader Store and The Reading Agency have joined forces to find the best young writing superstar. The icing on the cake? Malorie Blackman will be picking the overall winner!



Are you the next J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo or Malorie Blackman? 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


Free to enter and open to writers aged between 13 and 19 years, this competition will see one young superstar receive an exclusive publishing contract with Random House.


Judging the competition is young adult and children’s author, Malorie Blackman OBE, who will be selecting the final winner from ten shortlisted authors.



But with the winner set for announcement on the 15th of July 2013 at a glamorous awards ceremony sponsored by Sony Reader Store, the challenge is most definitely on, and like Katniss Everdeen only the strongest and most committed young writers will survive.



Never fear though, as supporting partner The Reading Agency will be on hand to help you through the Reading Activists programme, providing top tips and literary guidance as well as hosting ‘write-in’ events with local communities across the country.  



“I'm so thrilled to be involved in the new Movellas award for young writers.  What a wonderful opportunity for young people to have their stories read and their voices heard.  I just wish something like this had been around when I was a teenager. 

“If you have a story you want to share, what are you waiting for?!  Good luck." - Malorie Blackman



Here's how to enter:


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

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 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 Reading Activists 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 to be in with a chance of being the Sony Young Movellist of the Year. 


And then?


1) Movellas and the Reading Agency 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 Malorie Blackman (yes, Malorie Blackman of Noughts & Crosses fame!), who together will whittle it down to just three: two runners-up, and one overall winner!


The prizes:


1) The overall winner will be offered the opportunity to sign a publishing contract with Random House, including a £2,000 advance! They will also receive a Sony Reader.

2) The two runners-up will receive  Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader. 

3) The overall winner and the two runners-up will be invited to afternoon tea with Malorie Blackman, and will be able to bring a parent, guardian or friend each.

4) An international winner (selected by the Movellas team) will receive Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader. Two runners-up will also receive Malorie's backlist. 

5) One winner (selected by the Reading Agency and 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. 



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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