Ten young writers have been shortlisted for the Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize, with a £10,000 publishing contract up for grabs. Four four shortlistees are from the USA, two from the UK, as well as writers from Ireland, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
The prize is aimed at young writers aged 18-25 years. The winners, one from each age category, will be given editorial support and the chance to be published by Hot Key Books with an advance of £10,000.
Hot Key Books publisher and judge Emily Thomas said: "Knowing the broad quality of submissions we have received overall for the Young Writers Prize—across both age categories—I am very much looking forward to reading our shortlisted titles, and of course crossing my fingers as we search for a future star novelist."
Also on the panel are authors Will Hill and Elen Caldecott; Guardian Children's Books editor Julia Eccleshare; and bookseller and chair of the Children's Booksellers' Association John Newman. Students from two schools will also be involved in the judging process.
The winners will be announced at London Book Fair 2013.
(9-12 years category)
Kate Herrell (22) from Colorado, USA with Ragamuffin
Heather Lawson (22) from Fife, Scotland UK with That’s Charming
Cethan Leahy (25) from Cork, Ireland with Moor
Cassie Leung (21) from Kagawa, Japan with A Jar of Magic
Jake Schiffler (20) from Washington, USA with Ozer and the Proots
(13-19 years category)
Alexa Adams (22) from Kentucky, USA with Pamplona
Katie Coyle (25) from New Jersey, USA with Vivian Versus the Apocalypse
Joe Ducie (24) WA, Australia with The Rig
Katie O’Neill (21) from Christchurch, NZ with The Clock-Eye Corporation
Catherine Queen (25) from London, UK with The Twain