The Super Spring Book Review Competition!

Carol Williams
Mon 16 Apr, 2018

Calling all 11-16-year-olds: Write a review of a book by a local author, to be in with the chance of winning prizes!

Nottinghamshire has produced a load of great writers, and young people are an important part of their audience. We would like you to read a book by a local author (or a book where the action happens in Notts) and tell us all about it. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The best reviews will be published on this site, as well as winning tickets to plays and events at Nottingham Playhouse (thanks Nottingham Playhouse!).

Here’s how to enter:

  • Write a review (at least 200 words) of a book by a local author, or with a link to Notts.
  • Other review formats will be accepted – audio, video, etc.
  • Multiple entries from schools are fine – please make sure each review is clearly marked with name, age and school.
  • Copies of “These Seven” book available to all entrants – this contains 7 short stories by Nottingham authors, including one written for Young Adults.
  • Prizes include…

·      Email it to us at by Monday 14th May 2018

·      Include your name, age and school

·      Or post to Nottingham City of Literature, c/o Left Lion, 44-54 Freckingham St, Nottingham NG1 1DQ

Remember – we want your honest opinion on the book you choose. You need to tell us why you would or wouldn’t recommend it, including something about the plot, the characters, and the writing style. Try not to give away any plot twists – you don’t want to spoil the book for another reader! There is a useful guide to writing reviews at

We are looking for enthusiasm and originality in your writing.


Some local authors to get you started:

 Kim Slater

Paula Rawsthorne 

Dan Walker

Helena Pielichaty

Paul Cookson – poetry (you can review books of poetry too!)

Helen Cresswell

Gwen Grant

Matt Haig

Ian C. Douglas (Zeke Hailey series)

Geoffrey Trease

 Steve Skidmore

Dawn of the Unread (graphic novel)

These Seven – local short story collection, including a YA story by Paula Rawsthorne


So … get reading and writing!

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