RHCP and Movellas.com launches teen comp

Random House Children's Publishers and online writing community Movellas.com have launched a new competition for teen writers, the Sony Young Movellist of the Year Awards.

The award, sponsored by Sony and supported by The Reading Agency, is free to enter and open to writers between 13-19 years, with the top prize being a publishing contract with RHCP. Entrants must submit a finished novel of 40,000 words or more. The judging panel includes author Malorie Blackman as well as RHCP editors Natalie Doherty and Lauren Buckland.

Movellas community director Yvonne Biggins said: "This competition provides a fantastic chance to discover fresh talent and opens up opportunities for writers keen to take their storytelling to the next level who may previously have felt held back by their age.

"With entrants required to submit a full novel this is a serious challenge, requiring real dedication. But if the thousands of stories being published on the site everyday tells me anything, it's that there is a huge desire amongst young people to express their voice and see 'for teens, by teens' literature taken seriously."