BBC Young Writers' Award with BookTrust 2016

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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. 

 

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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.

 

For updates on the Award follow #bbcywa and @Booktrust on Twitter.

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 bbcywa@booktrust.org.uk or call Jenny Holder on 0207 801 8843