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Press Release: Prizes and Awards
Random House Children's Publishers,, The Reading Agency And Sony Reader Store Join Forces In Search For Best Young 'Movellist'

Posted at 4:39PM Monday 18 Feb 2013

Random House Children's Publishers to award publishing contract to teen writer found on in competition sponsored by Sony Reader Store

18 February 2013 – Online writing community,, and publishing giant Random House Children's Publishers (RHCP), are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new opportunity for teen writers: the 'Sony Young Movellist of the Year Awards'. Free to enter and open to writers aged between 13 and 19 years, the competition will see one young superstar receive an exclusive publishing contract with RHCP. The winner will be announced on the 15th of July 2013 at a glamorous awards ceremony sponsored by Sony Reader Store.

Movellas Community Director, Yvonne Biggins, comments: "This competition provides a fantastic chance to discover fresh talent and opens up opportunities for writers keen to take their storytelling to the next level who may previously have felt held back by their age. With entrants required to submit a full novel this is a serious challenge, requiring real dedication. But if the thousands of stories being published on the site everyday tell me anything, it's that there is a huge desire amongst young people to express their voice and see 'for teens, by teens' literature taken seriously."

On the judging panel is young adult (YA) and children's author, Malorie Blackman OBE who said: "I'm so thrilled to be involved in the new Movellas award for young writers. What a wonderful opportunity for young people to have their stories read and their voices heard. I just wish something like this had been around when I was a teenager. If you have a story you want to share, what are you waiting for?! Good luck!"

Also on the judging panel are Random House Children's Publishers Editors Natalie Doherty and Lauren Buckland. They added: "Random House Children's Publishers are so proud to be part of the inaugural 'Young Movellist Award'. This is a truly fantastic way for talented would-be-writers to take one step closer towards their goals, with the amazing support of the Movellas writing community behind them all the way. Because we want to help and encourage young writers in any way we can, we're very excited to be offering the winning entry a publishing deal with Random House. We can't wait to read all your entries!"

Tad Kitsukawa, Managing Director, Sony Digital Reading Services, said: "At Sony, we believe in the power of imagination and creativity, so we are very proud to support the Sony Young Movellist Award to make the dreams of young talented writers become real."

Supporting partner The Reading Agency will be on hand to help the wannabe authors through its Reading Activists programme, providing top tips and literary guidance as well hosting 'write-in' events with local communities across the country. Miranda McKearney, OBE, Director of The Reading Agency, said: "Great writing comes from great reading, and from getting your words and work out there into a community of like-minded writers. We believe passionately in developing young writers to the full, and who better than our Young People's Ambassador, Malorie Blackman, to champion their talents?"

- ENDS -

Notes to editors:

To enter please send your full length novel (40,000+ words) to

Please note: to be successful in this competition you must be able to provide a full novel of no less than 40,000 words, however a special runner-up prize will be awarded to the author of the very best three chapters.

Entrants from outside the UK are not eligible for the publishing prize but are welcome to enter the competition and can place as runners up.

For more information, contact:

Lauren Bennett

Publicity Manager, Random House Children's Publishers


T: 020 8231 6439


Movellas is a community site where everyone can share their passion for great stories. You could call it a YouTube for young writers. You can publish your own stories – or 'movellas' as we like to call them - so that everyone can read them and give you feedback, you can find lots of fantastic stories to read in every genre and on every topic, and you can talk directly to the authors and the rest of the community about writing and stories. With Movellas, it is possible to read anywhere, anytime. You can download movellas as ebooks to your computer, tablet, iPad, iPod Touch, e-book-reader or smart phone. Quick, easy and totally free! At Movellas everyone can be a writer and publish their stories. Neither age nor experience is essential. All that we require is that you love to write and share your stories.

About Sony Reader Store:

Reader Store is Sony's eBookstore, bringing UK customers a wide range of local and international eBooks, spanning best sellers, classics, new authors and more. All titles at Reader Store are offered in the open, industry-standard ePUB format for easy viewing on a wide range of devices. This ensures readers can enjoy a wide selection of titles without being tied into inflexible, proprietary eBook formats.

About The Reading Agency:

The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to give everyone an equal chance in life, by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services.

About Random House Children's Publishers UK:

RHCP is an award-winning publisher for children of all ages. Its bestselling authors include Sir Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Kate, Christopher Paolini and Joe Delaney and illustrators Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes, Louise Yates and Nadia Shireen. It is home to successful series such as Astrosaurs and Battersea Dogs and its licensed properties include Transformers Prime and Spiderman, RHCP also holds the current DreamWorks publishing licence. The company is proud to publish five of the Children's Laureates. RHCP is developing a range of innovative digital publishing projects, including the Mortal Kiss story serialisation which ran with Stardoll and won a Digital Innovation Award. RHCP is part of The Random House Group owned by Bertelsmann, one of the world's largest media group.

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