Saturday, 12 March 2011

News - Louise Rennison, Long Reach, a writing competition from Bloomsbury and some prize winners!

Hi everybody! It's the weekend, hooray. What are you all up to? I'm having a bit of a quiet one - spending today designing jewellery for Petite Boutique (my new company - more info on it soon) and heading out on Sunday to buy some one off vintage pieces, fingers crossed! Anyway, I've got a quite of lot of news to share today...

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Firstly, any aspiring writers out there take note, Bloomsbury are launching a writing competition that may just be your big break:

247tales.com
is an online writing competition from Bloomsbury that challenges young writers to create stories using only 247 words or less. Launched in 2009 the competition has proved very popular, with more stories being entered month on month. In 2010 there were over 100 entries each month showing there is a lot of potential in our young writers.

In 2011, the competition is back with a new look website, thrilling stories and inspiring topics. Each month a different Bloomsbury author will pen a 247tale on a given theme. It is then over to the UK’s budding young writers aged between 10 and 16 to create their own miniature masterpiece. One winner will be chosen each month and they will have their 247tale featured on the website as well winning a selection of books and a framed copy of their story. Ten runners-up will get a signed copy of the latest book from that month's featured author, and their story will appear in the 247Library section of the website.

The competition launches at 2:47pm on World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March) with a 247tale from new author Jim Carrington on the theme of The Money. Rules and details of how to enter are on the site - www.247tales.com. This year the site has been re-launched in a blog format to encourage entrants to comment on the work, talk about short stories and become part of a 247tales community.

Authors taking part in 2011 are Celia Rees, Angie Sage, Cathy MacPhail, Alyxandra Harvey, Irfan Master, B.R. Collins and Isobelle Carmody.

How exciting! Will any of you guys be entering? I say, go for it!

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How many of you are fans of Louise Rennison? I thought so. Is it even possible to grow up in the UK without reading her fantastic Georgia Nicholson series? I don't think so, it's like a rite of passage.

Louise is back a new series, ‘How to Make Any Twit Fall in Love With You’, which has been written especially written for World Book day will be published over ten days in ten installments (starting from March 3rd so head over the website and catch up!)

The series will see teen heroine Georgia Nicolson and her cousin Tallulah (of Withering Tights fame!) dive head into the fabbity fab world of boys and teenage mayhem once more.

Click here to read the series and let me know what you think - I'm loving it so far!

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I'm sure most of you have already heard of Long Reach by Peter Cocks because of all the brilliant reviews on the blogs but if not then it's definitely one that should be on your radar.

The Undercover team at Walker have hit the streets of London to give out 2000 limited edition copies of the book as part of the celebrations for World Book Day. Click here for more information and to see pictures from the event - I'm very jealous!

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Finally, over the last two weeks I've had two giveaways running for a signed copy of More Bloody Horowitz and a signed copy of The Lost Hero.

I've randomly selected a winner for each contest from the entries I received and I'm pleased to announced the winners are:

More Bloody Horowitz - Hannah from My Book Journey
The Lost Hero - Fiona H.

Congrats ladies!

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