KATIE THISTLETON

TO CHAIR 2018 PANELS OF JUDGES AS PRESTIGIOUS
BBC YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

ENTER HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ywa

 The BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) today calls for submissions for the 4th year, with BBC Radio 1 and CBBC’s Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton, chairing the judging panel for the teenage award in 2018.The Award is part of the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) which also opens for submissions from published adult writers today. 

Katie Thistleton, Chair of the BBC Young Writers’ Award Judging Panel says:

“I’m a complete book worm so to chair the BBC Young Writers’ Award and find the authors of tomorrow will not only be incredibly exciting, but a huge pleasure. I’ve interviewed many bestselling writers, but this feels even more of an honour as we will be discovering the next generation of original voices. Having read the winning stories from previous years I know I, and my fellow judges, will be inspired and enthralled in equal measure.”

Thistleton will be joined by an esteemed group of award-winning writers and poets on the panel, including Carnegie Medal-winning YA author and former teacher, Sarah Crossan, celebrated poet Dean Atta, adult and YA author William Sutcliffe and bestselling author, actress, singer and vlogger, Carrie Hope Fletcher.

The shortlisted writers for the BBC Young Writers’ Award will have their stories featured on the BBC Radio 1, Cambridge University and First Story websites, with the winner’s story broadcast on the radio station. In addition, a new initiative, the BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (SCA), will give selected 16-18 year olds around the UK the opportunity to read, discuss and critique the five shortlisted NSSA stories from Easter 2018.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BBC YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD

2018 will be the first year of a new and exciting collaboration between the BBC and partners First Story and Cambridge University. The charity First Story will support the YWA and BBC SCA with further activity that will engage young people with reading, writing and listening to short stories. Cambridge University will support all three awards, including hosting a short story symposium at the Institute of Continuing Education on 7th July 2018, and curating an exclusive online exhibition of artefacts drawn from the University Library’s archive, to inspire and intrigue potential entrants of the YWA.         

Full ‘Terms and Conditions’ for the awards are available with submissions accepted online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ywa from 9am today (11th December 2017). The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 19th March 2018.

The shortlist for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks at 4pm on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

The announcement of the winners of the BBC National Short Story Award and BBC Young Writers’ Award will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony in Cambridge on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.

FURTHER INFROMATION ABOUT THE JUDGES

Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List. He has performed across the UK and internationally at the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Italy), CrossKultur (Germany), Ordspark (Sweden) PuSh Festival (Canada) and Word N Sound (South Africa). He is Guest Artistic Director of New Writing South and Writer in Residence with Creative Future, as well as a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and Point Blank Poets. He has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo. 

Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Sarah taught English at a small private school near New York until she became a full-time writer. She now lives in Hertfordshire. Sarah is the author of The Weight of Water, Breathe, Resist, Apple and Rain, One (winner of CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize, CLiPPA Poetry Award and CBI Book of the Year Award and The Children’s Choice Award) and Moonrise (shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards and the Costa Children’s Book Award). She co-authored We Come Apart with Costa Children’s Book Award winner Brian Conaghan.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, author, vlogger and, thanks to her popular YouTube channel, ‘honorary big sister’ to over a million young people around the world. Carrie’s first book, All I Know Now, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and her debut novel, On the Other Side, also went straight to number one in its first week on sale. Carrie’s second novel, All That She Can See, was a Top Three Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and a Top Ten bestseller in Ireland.

Carrie played the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End for almost three years and received the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role. She has since played Beth in The War of the Worlds, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and will play Brenda Payne in Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus in December 2018. Carrie lives just outside of London with numerous fictional friends that she keeps on bookshelves, just in case.

William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971 and read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is the author of the international bestseller Are You Experienced?, The Love Hexagon, New Boy, Bad Influence and Whatever Makes You Happy. His first YA novel, The Wall, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014, and his next YA novel, Concentr8, was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016. His latest novel, We See Everything, has just been published by Bloomsbury. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Edinburgh.

Katie Thistleton has been a familiar face on BBC programmes since 2013 where she has been a live Presenter of ‘the bits in between the shows’ on CBBC for almost 5 years. She is the presenter of The CBBC Book Club, where she has interviewed authors such Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and Cressida Cowell to name a few. Katie is now also a regular voice on BBC Radio 1, presenting ‘Life Hacks’ on Sundays 4-7pm and previously presenting Radio 1’s ‘The Surgery.’ Other credits include Hacker’s Birthday Bash, a celebration of 30 years of Children’s BBC, and Hacker’s Crackers, a special live Christmas show. Prior to becoming a TV presenter, Katie worked for a variety of local and community radio stations, and in various roles across the BBC for Radio 4, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC Radio 1. She’s also an avid writer and reader and campaigns for getting young people to read and write. Katie is passionate about raising mental health awareness, and is an ambassador for children’s mental health charities YoungMinds and Place2be. Her book, Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice is published by Hachette Children’s in February 2018.