Unscrupulous Thieves, Wild Beasts and a Mum Swapper are Shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize 2012

Edinburgh-based Floris Books is pleased to announce this year’s shortlist for the Kelpies Prize. The annual prize is for previously unpublished works of fiction, set wholly or mainly in Scotland, for children aged 8 to 12. Since the deadline at the end of February, the judges have been busy reading their way through a large number of manuscripts, to decide on a final three.

The shortlist (in alphabetical order) is:

Nicking Time by Tracy Traynor
Pick ‘n’ Mix Mums by Debbie Richardson
Shadow Eyes by Rebecca Smith

The winner of the Kelpies Prize 2012 will be announced at a ceremony at the Writers Retreat in the Edinburgh International Book Festival enclosure on Friday 17 August 2012. The winning author will receive a £2,000 cash prize and have their book published in the Kelpies imprint.
This year, the prize will be presented by Carnegie award–winning author Theresa Breslin. Theresa has written over thirty books for children and young adults and her work has been filmed for television, broadcast on radio, and is read world-wide in many languages. Theresa has published several books with Floris Books, most recently the stunning An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales. She is sure to be an inspiration for the shortlisted authors.

The three shortlisted books couldn’t be more different. Tracy Traynor’s Nicking Time follows a group of friends planning a perfect summer in Glasgow, but one of the gang isn’t what he seems. Debbie Richardson lets her character run riot with his library card, but it isn’t books he’s swaping in Pick ‘n’ Mix Mums. Meanwhile, Rebecca Smith explores the Highlands in Shadow Eyes, where a mysterious wild creature is attacking helpless animals…
Floris Books is confident that this year’s winner will be just as popular as previous Kelpies Prize success stories. Eleanor Collins, Editor for Floris Books, comments: “The Kelpies Prize is a wonderful opportunity to discover talented new authors, whose writing careers we can help develop. We’ve enjoyed reading this year’s entries, which are full of original ideas and strong characters. It’s great to know there are so many gifted writers out there.”

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