Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The 10th Annual Text Prize
writer Adam Cece has beaten nearly 300 entries to win the Tenth Annual Text
Prize, valued at $10,000, for his hilariously crazy story, The Extremely Weird Thing
That Happened in Huggabie Falls. An extremely weird
and hilariously crazy story about three friends living in the weirdest town
in the world. This is a laugh-out-loud madcap adventure for middle-grade
readers that turns weirdness upside down.
Cece, Winner of the Tenth Annual Text Prize.
Adelaide-based Adam Cece published his first children’s book, Wesley Booth Super Sleuth.
He is a member of a number of writing organisations and is
a manuscript assessor for the SA Writers Centre. On winning the Text
Prize, Adam said, ‘I am so honoured to have won the Text Prize in its tenth
amazing year, and humbled to be in such a good company. The whole team at
Text is so passionate and so good at what they do. I am over the moon.’
Heyward said, ‘The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is
about launching careers. It’s about finding new voices. This year, the
tenth year of the prize, is testament to the abundant literary talent we
have in this country. We read around 300 manuscripts and decided to
offer publishing deals to all four writers on the shortlist, something we
have never done before. It was difficult to pick a winner, but in the end
we couldn’t resist Adam Cece’s sublimely ridiculous tale for middle-graders, TheExtremely Weird Thing that
Happened in Huggabie Falls. It’s hard to imagine how this
delightful book won’t charm the socks off its readers. This book is a crash
course in Dutch werewolves, vegetarian piranhas and crazy street names.
It’s a particular pleasure to publish a book that will make its
readers—children and grown-ups alike—happy. We can’t wait to tell the whole
publishing world, both in Australia and internationally, about Huggabie
Falls and its inhabitants, who are so crazy that they even find each other
weird. Awarded annually, the
Text Prize aims to unearth extraordinary new books for young adults and
children by Australian and New Zealand writers. Submissions for the
2018 Text Prize will open early in 2018.
Watch out for the 2016 Text Prize winner, Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian,
in September 2017.