Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers launched a new award for aspiring debut novelists, in June last year. The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Since the deadline for submissions on the 31stÂ December 2012, the team have spent many hours reading, reporting and discussing over 500 entries that were submitted for the Â£20,000 advance publishing contract.
The shortlist are, in surname order:
The Unspoken Death of the Amazing Flying BoyÂ by Jean Burdett
BloodlineÂ by Sophie Constable
The HiveÂ by Alexander Maskill
The Way Through the WoodsÂ by Robin Pearson
A Kill in the MorningÂ by Graeme Shimmin
The Shadows of AnnwnÂ by Catherine Whittle
The six shortlisted books cover a breadth of topics and sub genres, imagination and alternate worlds. Each shortlisted entry was chosen for their skilful writing, vast imaginative powers and ability to tell a good story!
The winner will be judged byÂ Sir Terry Pratchett,Â Rob Wilkins,Â Alex VeaseyÂ from Forbidden Planet,Â Simon Taylor, Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers andÂ Lynsey DalladayÂ Sir Terry Pratchettâ€™s Publicist. The winner will be announced on the 31stÂ May 2013.
Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to the prize.