BBC Young Writers' Award with BookTrust 2016
The shortlist of the top five stories will be announced Saturday 1 October 2016 with the finalists invited to attend the excusive BBC National Short Story Award 2016 ceremony in London on 4 October 2016, where the winner will be announced.
The talented winning writer of the BBC Young Writers' Award with BookTrust 2016 will have their story broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and receive a personalised mentoring session with an author to help develop their writing skills. All five shortlisted writers will be given a guided tour of BBC Broadcasting House and have the chance to meet high-profile authors, publishers, agents and broadcasters. The shortlist will also have their stories published on the BookTrust and BBC Arts websites and receive a copy of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 with BookTrust anthology.
The inaugural 2015 Award, created to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the BBC National Short Story Award and to inspire and encourage the next generation of writers, was won by 15 year old Brennig Davies for his story 'Skinning'; a tale inspired by William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Brennig's three cats.
Speaking about the success of the 2015 event and her excitement at the launch of the 2016 Award, BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice 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.
Alice Levine joined BBC Radio 1 in January 2013 launching the new ten to midnight Monday - Thursday show with Phil Taggart. In September 2014 Alice launched a new weekend show between 1-4pm.
Outside of Radio 1, Alice's has hosted a vast range of television shows including; The Barclaycard Mercury Music Sessions, BASCA at the Ivor Novellos, the Isle Of Wight coverage for Sky Arts, the live coverage for BBC Three at Radio 1's Big Weekend from Derry. Alice also hosted for Mercury across their nominations and awards programmes, the AIM awards and also the Women in Music awards. The highlight of 2014 however was being involved in Gareth Malone's Choir for Children in Need. As a team they raised lots for charity and even bagged a UK number 1 with the official Children In Need single.
In 2011, Alice began a three year stint as the host of anarchic Big Brother spin off show Bit On The Side, she has also been on the presenting team for ITV2's The Hot Desk since 2012 where interviews have included Pink and Little Mix.
Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson - formerly known as James - is the multi award-winning author of five novels for young adults including the Carnegie nominated Say Her Name and latest novel, All of the Above. In 2016, she will author one of the World Book Day titles: Spot the Difference.
Juno also writes non-fiction, including the ultimate survival guide for young LGBT people, This Book is Gay, and Mind Your Head, everything a young person needs to know about mental health.
Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women's Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education.
Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.
Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton. In her spare time, she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall.
Anthony Anaxagorou is an award winning poet, prose writer, playwright and educator. He has published eight volumes of poetry, a spoken word EP, a book of short stories and has written for theatre.
His poetry has appeared on various BBC programs over the past decade, whilst also featuring in the British Urban Film Awards and BBC 6 Music. In 2013, his poem Dialectics was interpreted and performed by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.
He is currently the poet in residence at several London schools where he teaches poetry and creative writing while working closely with The Poetry Society and First Story. In 2014 he completed his first successful tour of Australia.
In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won him the Groucho Maverick Award.
He founded Out-Spoken in 2012 and has since launched Out-Spoken Press, a publishing house specialising in poetry, plays and critical writing. His work has subsequently been studied in universities across the USA and Australia, as well as being translated into Spanish, German, French and Japanese.
About the BBC Young Writers' Award with BookTrust 2016
The BBC Young Writers' Award with BookTrust is a partnership between the BBC and BookTrust.
The award launched in 2014 as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust. The aim of the Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of writers to follow in the footsteps of those championed by the adult Award. The ambition of the BBC and Book Trust is to enable young people to write to a high standard, experiment with form, be daring and make their mark.
The submission period for this year's Award will run until 5pm (BST), Friday 29 April.
If you have any queries about the Award, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenny Holder on 0207 801 8843