The BBC and Book Trust have launched this year’s young writers award, which will be judged by author Juno Dawson, writer Anthony Anaxagorou and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine.
The ‘BBC Young Writers’ Award with Book Took Trust’ launched last year to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the BBC National Short Story Award and is open to teens aged 14-18. To enter, teens must write a 1,000 word story on any topic via the award’s website by 29th April.
Levine said: “Everyone remembers a book from their childhood that moved them or made them think differently about the world and it's the essence of these stories that we want to capture with the BBC Young Writers’ Award. We want this to be a chance for young people to take part in a writing project that is just for them; not for school-work, or for homework, but as something that has no creative limitations and is purely for the joy of writing.”
Five shortlisted writers will be announced 1st October. They will be invited to attend the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 ceremony in London on 4th October, where the winner will be announced.
The winner will have their story broadcast on Radio 1 and receive a mentoring session with an author to help them develop their writing skills.
All five shortlisted writers have their stories published on the Book Trust and BBC Arts websites and receive a copy of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 with Book Trust anthology.
The winner of last year’s award was Brennig Davies for his story ‘Skinning’, which was inspired by William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
Di Speirs, editor of books at BBC Radio 4, said: “In its first year the standard of entries for the Young Writers’ Award was truly inspiring – and our shortlist of writers, 15-year-old winner Brennig Davies in particular, proved themselves to be exceptional. I’m confident this year’s generation of storytellers will be just as powerful and compelling and will stand proudly alongside the BBC National Short Story Award shortlist –– it is a privilege to be able to champion the great talent and passion of younger writers, and heartening that the short story with all its challenges and complexities, appeals so broadly.”