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Top UKYA Talent to feature in book to benefit Crisis
Posted On 2016-02-19 10:07:21 |  Last Update 2016-02-19 12:00:10 |  Read 3206 times | 0 Comments

This September Stripes will mark ten years in business by publishing I’ll Be Home for Christmas, an anthology of short stories and poems written by a collection of the UK’s best writers for Young Adults. Sales of the book will benefit homelessness charity Crisis.

This September Stripes will mark ten years in business by publishing I’ll Be Home for Christmas, an anthology of short stories and poems written by a collection of the UK’s best writers for Young Adults. Sales of the book will benefit Crisis, with at least £1 from the sale of each book to be donated to the homelessness charity’s Crisis at Christmas appeal. We have committed to giving at least £10,000 through the initiative.

We are absolutely thrilled with the list of authors we will be working with on this project. Contributors will include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Sarah Crossan, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Featuring alongside some of the biggest names on the UKYA scene will be one brand-new, as yet unpublished, author. In partnership with the The Bookseller YA Book Prize, Stripes has launched a competition to discover new talent. Entrants are asked to submit an original short story on the theme of ‘home at Christmas’. The winning story will be published in the anthology and the author will be invited to appear at this year’s Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC). The closing date for the YA Short Story Prize is 1st April 2016 and details of how to enter can be found here.

Stripes Publisher Jane Harris said:
“We could have thrown a fancy party to celebrate our 10th birthday, but we wanted to mark this important milestone in a meaningful way, which would also get people talking. In publishing I’ll Be Home for Christmas we aim not only to provide crucial financial support to Crisis, but also to raise awareness of the charity’s work amongst young adult readers. We are delighted to be working with such an exceptionally talented range of authors, who will each bring something very special to the book. We’re also looking forward to collaborating with the The Bookseller YA Book Prize and hopeful that our search for an unpublished writer to join the line-up will uncover an exciting new voice.”

Crisis plays a crucial role in helping people out of homelessness in the UK and campaigns to end homelessness on a national scale. Over the next year, as many as 10,000 people will access the charity’s year-round services in cities across the UK. And Crisis at Christmas will open its doors offering warmth, comfort and companionship for more than 4,000 homeless people.

Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said:
“We are thrilled to be benefitting from this unique anthology, which will not only raise vital funds to help us support more people out of homelessness, but will also get younger generations thinking about the meaning of home. It is nothing short of a tragedy that anyone should experience homelessness in 21st century Britain. We are determined that no one should face the devastation and isolation of homelessness and the next generation, including the readers of this new book, will play a crucial role in our efforts to end homelessness for good.”

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