Project Remix Competition

To enter the Project Remix competition, here’s what you need to do:

How To Enter

  1. Choose your starting point. Check out the books, stories, poems and graphic novels included on our Project Remix book list here. You’ll find lots of your favourite writers included, from John Green to Jane Austen to Malorie herself, and a selection of ‘taster’ extracts to read to get you started. Choose your favourite book, story, poem or graphic novel from the list to act as the starting point for your entry.
  2. Create your entry. Choose between our five competition categories:
    • Creative writing: write your own piece of fiction inspired by your chosen book, story or poem. Word limit: up to 2,000 words
    • Comic strip: create your own comic strip inspired by your chosen book, story or poem. Limit: up to three A4 pages.
    • Cover design: design or illustrate your own alternative cover for your chosen book.
    • Book trailer: produce a book trailer – a short piece of film, like a film trailer – for your chosen book, story or poem. Limit: up to 2 minutes
    • Music: write and perform a song or a piece of original music inspired by your chosen book, story or poem. Limit: up to 3 minutes
  3. Find resources. If you need some extra inspiration or ideas to help you create your entry, take a look at our Project Remix resources here – including video tips from Malorie and a host of other writers, artists, filmmakers, designers and musicians. You’ll also find guidance on writing fanfiction and some of the issues involved, and lots of examples to help inspire your entry.



Malorie Blackman will be judging the competition alongside her two fellow judges – a young Movellist, and a representative of Malorie’s publisher, Penguin Random House. They will be choosing one winner and one runner-up in each category.

Community Manager Georgia Traher and the Movellas team will be supporting the judges by drawing up shortlists of the best entries in each category for Malorie to consider: here’s what they’ll be looking for:


‘We’re looking for a range of entries that make us sit up and take notice. We want to see that the users are clearly inspired by their chosen starting point, but by using their imagination have created something unexpected and new.’


The winner of each category will be invited to attend a special award ceremony to celebrate Project Remix in central London in spring 2015, where they will have the chance to meet Malorie Blackman and some of the other Project Remix authors.

At the event, they will be presented with a goody bag of books, including a signed copy of Malorie Blackman’s forthcoming YA anthology Love Hurts. The individual category winners will also receive the following prizes:

·         Creative writing: An editorial feedback session with Random House editor, Natalie Doherty. Natalie will take a look at a piece of your work (must be fiction and under 80,000 words) and will provide feedback and career advice either by email or phone.

·         Comic strip: A behind-the-scenes visit to The Phoenix comic. Meet the team at Phoenix HQ in Oxford, find out about how a comic is made, and get some career advice from the Phoenix’s comic creators.

·         Cover design: A portfolio session with Random House senior fiction book designer Laura Bird. Laura will spend an hour looking at up to 10 examples of your work, and providing feedback and career advice either in person at Random House’s London office, or by email or telephone

·         Book trailer: A feedback session with BBC director Jermain Julien. Jermain will provide some feedback on your winning trailer and career guidance either in person at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly (the home for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) or by telephone or email

·         Music: A behind the scenes day at a music studio. Spend a day shadowing Brendon Harding, studio manager and resident engineer at Red Bull Studios, London (terms and conditions will apply)

One runner-up in each category will receive a goody bag of books, including a signed copy of Malorie Blackman’s forthcoming YA anthology Love Hurts.






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Terms and Conditions

·         The entry deadline is 23 February 2015

·         The organisers reserve the right to amend the competition end date at any time

·         All entrants must be UK residents aged between 13-19 at the time of the competition deadline

·         The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Booktrust, Penguin Random House or Movellas

·         Entries must be in English and your own work: see fanfiction guidance here for more information on creating new work inspired by another authors’ work

·         Entry into a competition is made by using the ‘Join this competition’ link then creating your story. Contact the Movellas team if you have any technical problems with this process. Only entries correctly saved and posted on the competition page will be put into the judging process

·         Movellas’ guidelines must be followed and no inappropriate content submitted. See the Community Guidelines for more details.

·         Joint entries are not eligible

·         There will be one winner and one runner-up in each category

·         The judging process will include the following stages:

o    All entries will be read by the Movellas team

o    A shortlist of the ten best entries in each category will be drawn up on the basis of (a) the five most popular entries in each category which have gained the most ‘likes’ from the community by the entry deadline (b) five additional entries in each category which have been selected by the Movellas team on the basis of high quality

o    The shortlists for each category will be put forward to the judges who will select their favourite entry in each category as the winner, plus one runner-up in each category

·         The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

·         The winners and runners-up will be notified by email during the week commencing 30 March 2015. The winners must claim their prize within 14 days of the organisers sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the organisers reserve the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.

·         Prizes are not transferable to another person

·         No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash, or any other prize

·         Prizes are subject to availability: in the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organisers reserve the right to (a) substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.

·         To see winners’ names please see the Movellas blog for results. Otherwise email stating the name of the competition in the subject heading 4 weeks after the closing date.

·         Organisers reserve the right to inform the media of all results. By entering the competition, winners agree to attend the award ceremony and take part in reasonable publicity, including the use of their names and photographs in any such publicity

·         If under 18, the winners must be accompanied to the award ceremony and any other events by a parent or guardian

·         The organisers will cover travel expenses for winners (and their parent/guardian where required) to attend the award ceremony, up to the sum of £50 per winner, on the production of valid receipts

·         Winning entries will be published on

·         The organisers also reserve the right to publish any entries on the Children’s Laureate, Booktrust or Penguin Random House websites

·         By entering the prize draw each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions

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