This bi-annual award promotes the work of recently published, debut authors for 9 to 13 year olds and features a creative writing competition. The aim of the award is to motivate young people to move away from tried and tested authors and try something new. We also hope that schools will use the award and the creative writing competition to encourage their pupils to share their views about the different genres and styles of writing, and to think about the creative process of writing. The competition provides an opportunity to experience what it is like to set out on the creative journey to become a newly published author!
How to get involved
Librarians have drawn up a long list of titles and young people from both school and library reading groups have selected the short list. All local young people, aged between 9 and 13, are encouraged to vote for their favourite shortlisted title. In addition young people can enter the writing competition, which can be submitted in several ways, including online via the Stories from the Web (opens in a new window) .
Closing date for voting and writing competition is 20th April 2012
More information about past award and competition winners and about ways in which individuals and schools can get involved in the current award are available from the links below.
- New Horizons Award and competition 2012This year the book award is being run by the Dorset Public and School Library Services who have selected the longlisted titles.
- New Horizons Book Awards 2012: teachers’ information The aim of the award and associated creative writing competition is to encourage young people to be more adventurous in their reading and writing.
- New Horizons Book Award 2010Winners announced at “magical” awards ceremony attended by 100 young people from local schools, teachers and parents.