Kelpies prize shortlist announced

Kelpies prize shortlist announced

Three books showcasing the “best of Scottish children’s writing” have been shortlisted for this year’s Kelpies Prize.
 
The prize, organised by publisher Floris Books, is in its 10th year and is for unpublished writers of books that are set in Scotland and aimed at children aged 8-11.
 
This year three titles are shortlisted: The Superpower Project by Paul J Bristow,  a comic adventure set in Glasgow’s Clydeside; The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean by Lindsay Littleson, a story about Lily and how mixed-up family life can be; and My Fake Brother by Joan Pratt, about a girl called Kamryn and her new foster brother.
 
Eleanor Collins, senior editor at Floris Books, said praised the “accomplished children’s debuts”, adding: “We were thrilled to receive so many outstanding entries this year. [The books] were all fun and insightful, which made the judging process a real pleasure.”
 
The winner, which will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 14th August, will receive a £2,000 book prize and a book deal with Floris Books’ Kelpies imprint.
 
Claire McFall, author of Ferryman (Templar) and winner of the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Award, will present the award.