New Horizons Book Prize

Lovely news earlier this week when I discovered Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London is one of twenty titles longlisted for the New Horizons Prize. This is a county prize, organized by the Dorset School Library Service, for debut novels appealing to the 9-13 age group. A creative writing competition will run alongside the award.

Can I take a moment to say how much I love the county of Dorset, have spent much time there and think the DSLS is clearly run by a very enlightened bunch. Not wishing to influence the shortlisting process in any way, I’d add that it would be great if everyone votes for Johnny Mackintosh. I was delighted to set the fictional town of Yarnton Hill in the southwest on the Dorset/Somerset border so there’s even the added incentive of having a base for evil aliens right on your doorstep.

I also want to add how much I love the name of this award because New Horizons is also the first spaceship ever that will visit the dwarf planet Pluto – at least that’s what NASA thinks. Early on in Johnny Mackintosh: Star Blaze, the Spirit of London gets there first!

Image credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

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~ by keithmansfield on January 6, 2010.

One Response to “New Horizons Book Prize”

  1. […] Prizes for Johnny Mackintosh I’m delighted to announce Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London is one of twenty titles longlisted for the New Horizons Book Prize. It’s even led me to set up a new (currently rather small) page on JohnnyMackintosh.com called “Prizes and Awards”. It would be lovely if it grew quickly. You can read a little more information about this over at my other blog. […]

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