The Ghosts of Heaven: A Writing Competition

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is back with his brand new book, a genre-defying epic split into four separate parts...



About Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in East Kent in the South-east of England. He now divides his time between a small village near Cambridge and the French Alps.


Alongside a 16 year career in publishing he established himself as a widely-admired writer of YA fiction; he is the winner of many prizes, most notably the Branford-Boase Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. His books have been shortlisted for over thirty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times).


Marcus is currently working on film and other graphic novels with his brother, Julian, as well as a graphic novel with Thomas Taylor. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards.


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About the book

'The Ghosts of Heaven' is Marcus' latest book. Written in four quarters, which can be read in any order, the work chronicles madness, obsession and creation through the ages, with a particular focus on the spiral. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl and continuing throughout 17th century witch-hunts and a 1920s insane asylum, Sedgwick merges sci-fi with historical fiction to create an utterly compelling tale.


"The spiral is infinite. 

It copies itself and builds on itself, forever.

A girl walks through the forest, the green air clinging to her skin. 

Centuries later the treacherous waters of Golden Beck take Anna, who they call witch. 

On the other side of the world, a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide. 

Far into the future Keir Bowman realises his destiny.

Each takes their next step in life. 

And so their journeys begin..."




About the Competition

1. Read 'The Witch in the Water', the second part of the book. Write your own story of a witch hunt.


2. Write a story where the actions of one character changes history for another character in the future.



The Prize

  • One winner will win feedback from Marcus a copy of Ghosts of the Forest and an indigo YA goody bag with 10 books.
  • Three runners up will win a copy of The Ghosts of Heaven.



The Details

  • Now open to everyone
  • No word limit
  • Competition closes at 23:00 GMT 31 October 2014




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