Hot Key Books – Young Writers Prize 2013

Good news, everyone!

The wonderful people at Hot Key Books have announced the 2013 Young Writers Prize.

This is a competition near and dear to my heart, as my first YA novel The Rig was selected as a winner of the 2012 competition. Hot Key Books is an amazing publisher – any budding writers out there between 18 – 25 should seriously consider entering!

Cheers,

Joe

Shortlisted for the Hot Key Books & Guardian Young Writer’s Prize

Some excellent and rather humbling news, everyone!

My young adult novel, The Rig, has made the short list (top five out of hundreds) for the Guardian and Hot Key Books Writer’s Prize next year at the London Book Fair. This is exciting on many levels.

But also deliciously validating.

My time spent in the word mines chopping away at this story was not in vain.

Now, unfortunately there’s a bit of a wait to find out if I come out on top – around March, 2013 – but to have made it this far is simply wonderful, and taking a look at some of the competition, I fear I am in remarkable company. I am also the only dude in my category, which is somewhat intimidating on certain levels.

So yeah. Good news is good.

-Joe