Press Release: Prizes and Awards
Queen Of Teen 2010
Posted at 1:31PM Monday 12 Apr 2010
OMG, it's the return of the Queen of Teen award!
It's the sparkliest, most glamorous and certainly the pinkest award in the world of fiction and it's back to capture the imagination of teenage girls across the country once again. The Queen of Teen award was founded in 2008 to celebrate the feistiest, frothiest and most fantastic writers for the tween and teen market, and the first competition was a huge success, with hundreds of heartfelt nominations from readers and tens of thousands of votes cast for a shortlist that included Meg Cabot, Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy and the eventual winner Louise Rennison.
Queen of Teen is now inviting nominations for this year's award, which will be presented at a glittering award ceremony in September 2010. Between 12th April and 14th June 2010, readers can nominate any female author for the award, and a shortlist based on these nominations will be announced on 21st June. Fans of each of the shortlisted authors will be invited to the award ceremony – held in the grounds of Queen of Teen HQ in leafy Surrey – where they will be able to mingle with their favourite writers, invited journalists and other special guests.
Last time, it was very gratifying for the shortlisted authors to see how much their books mean to their fans: Jacqueline Wilson said "It sounds like a truly special prize and it means a lot to me that children are doing the voting" while the reigning Queen of Teen Louise Rennison said, on being crowned the winner, "The whole thing's been gorgeous... I've got a crown and a throne – how could it be more perfect?"
Notes for editors
The Queen of Teen competition was launched to acknowledge the hugely significant part that fiction can play in the teenage years, and to encourage girls to turn off their computers and mobile phones and pick up a book instead. Queen of Teen has a dedicated website www.queenofteen.co.uk with information about the award's history, details on how readers can nominate and vote for their favourite authors and pictures of the 2008 award ceremony.
For further information on Queen of Teen, to arrange exclusive competitions and author interviews, or to arrange a press pass to the award ceremony, please contact Donna Stevenson on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01483 860215.
You can also find Queen of Teen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/queen_of_teen
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