8 Copies of THE RIG to giveaway!

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The Rig by Joe Ducie

The Rig

by Joe Ducie

Giveaway ends September 20, 2013.

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In which Joe wins a prize…

Good news, everyone!

I am pleased, humbled, rather giddy, and just generally excited to announce that I am a proud recipient of the Guardian and Hot Key Books Young Writer’s Prize! Huzzah–huzzah indeed!

What does this mean, you ask? Well, along with a bit of a skip in my step, it means I’m stepping onto the clear, crystal shores of traditional publishing, with my first novel geared toward a Young Adult audience – The Rig!

Check out the cover and synopsis:

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Catchy, no? The blue is blue and the hand rather handy. I love it. Here’s a bit about the story:

Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at The Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from The Rig. No one except for Drake…

After making some escape plans and meeting the first real friends of his life, Drake quickly realises that all is not as it seems on The Rig. The Warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X – a blue, glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom – but can they survive long enough to make it? Drake is an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and the CHERUB team in this debut author’s fantastically imagined sci-fi nightmare.

And then awesome things happen that you can read about in September – the 5th of, to be exact – when the story is released. Until then, here’s the first chapter.

My story was selected out of hundreds, along with a story from my fellow winner Katie Coyle. The judging panel included YA author Will Hill, Julia Eccleshare, John Newman, Elen Caldecott and students from Evelyn Grace Academy and Thongsley Fields Primary School. I’m told they liked ‘The Rig’, so that’s encouraging.

So my thanks to all involved, for choosing my story. It is a good story, if I can say so myself. One of those that came out on the page almost as clear as I saw it in my head. Rare, that. Coveted, even, among creative types.

Roll on September!

-Joe

 

 

Shortlisted for the Hot Key Books & Guardian Young Writer’s Prize

Some excellent and rather humbling news, everyone!

My young adult novel, The Rig, has made the short list (top five out of hundreds) for the Guardian and Hot Key Books Writer’s Prize next year at the London Book Fair. This is exciting on many levels.

But also deliciously validating.

My time spent in the word mines chopping away at this story was not in vain.

Now, unfortunately there’s a bit of a wait to find out if I come out on top – around March, 2013 – but to have made it this far is simply wonderful, and taking a look at some of the competition, I fear I am in remarkable company. I am also the only dude in my category, which is somewhat intimidating on certain levels.

So yeah. Good news is good.

-Joe