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Awards: WASTED won the Read it or Else category in the Coventry Award and was runner-up in the North East Book Award. It is longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Manchester, Grampian, Angus, and RED Awards.


Friday, 5 November 2010

CARNEGIE LONGLIST 2011

I'm a very happy writer today. I have dreamt of moments like this and finally it happened. Yes, Wasted has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the king of all book awards. Now, the longlist is always a long list, but the Carnegie longlist is special enough that writers put it on their books and websites, even if they never get further. It's a prize in itself and I am absolutely thrilled. The big names are all there and I'm so pleased that Wasted is with them.

Unlike some other awards, publishers don't put books forward for the Carnegie, so it's a much fairer system. Other prizes, such as the Booktrust Teenage Award, rely on publishers deciding to put a book forward, and sometimes publishers don't enter the books you might expect. But the Carnegie is entirely down to enthusiasm from librarians around the UK, the people who really understand books and young readers.

So, to the librarians who loved Wasted enough to choose it for the prestigious longlist, I am hugely, hugely grrateful. I did actually scream when I saw that it was selected. And you've stopped me being able to concentrate ever since, so thanks for that...

Thank you to everyone who has given me such encouragement during what some of you know has been a difficult year. Things are really looking up now.

11 comments:

Catherine Hughes said...

Fab, fab, fab, fab, fabulous news!

As for encouragement - well, Nicola, you reap as you sow. You deserve this and I am so excited.

Cat x

Kristin Pedroja said...

This is a huge honour - congratulations! Growing up, my mom (a primary teacher) always bought me Carnegie nominees to read as she thought them the best of the best - obviously they still are.

This deserves wine and a new pair of shoes, methinks. Will be toasting you tonight.

KP x

Colette said...

You are on a roll girl! You deserve all the kudos you've been getting lately!

Keren David said...

Hurray for you! Wasted has Carnegie written all over it, I think!

Marsha Moore said...

Massive massive massive congratulations!

Sue Guiney said...

What absolutely fabulous news. A huge accomplishment. Congrats!!

Tinuvierie/Kirsty said...

Congrats! I did the Carnegie Medal last year, and reall enjoyed it. Wasted is a great book and deserves to get to the shortlist, and win!! Good luck!

IanBontems said...

Congrats!
You know, this is the perfect excuse to crack open a bottle and let the wine pour forth.

Sally Zigmond said...

I feel all warm inside for you. If anyone deserves it for dedication, persistence and all round brilliant writing, it's you.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Wonderful news... many congrats and all fingers and toes firmly crossed!

vx

Karen said...

That's so exciting - well-deserved too :o)