Submission for the Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize with Wattpad has now closed, and the long list has been annouced!

Hundreds of unagented, unpublished writers aged 18 to 25 writing novels for teens have entered the third annual Hot Key Books Young Writer’s Prize in partnership with Wattpad. One of these writers could win a £10,000 worldwide publishing contract with Hot Key Books.

The long list was decided by YOU and your votes with 15 places for the top voted and 5 places for the top voted "newcomers".

You can see who is in the running to win with our two reading lists - the Young Writers Prize long list and the Young Writers Short Story short list.

For all the rules, see our story called WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.


The judges are author Katie Coyle, journalist and author Tom Huddleston, BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter Jameela Jamil, author Maureen Johnson, bookseller Rachael Wing, Hot Key Books publisher Emily Thomas and two high schools in England.


Due to popular demand, we added a section of the competition for 13 to 17 year olds, the Young Writers Short Story. The winner gets books plus a consultation with a senior member of the Hot Key Books team. See: for the rules.


These two competitions are being run (and all your questions are being answered) by Hot Key Books, a new London-based publisher of really good fiction for teens. We've published WE WERE LIARS by E Lockhart, MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner, THE VINCENT BOYS by Abbi Glines, the SUITE SCARLETT books by Maureen Johnson, VIVAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE by Katie Coyle and lots more. Browse our books with our fun book sorter here:
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Hello everyone! It's time to announce the winner of the 2014 Young Writers Prize in collaboration with Wattpad. And the winner is…… @madelinestanford with LIKE HELL! (
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