Monthly Archive:: April 2012

The Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize – Submissions OPEN

Submissions are now OPEN for our Young Writers Prize, in conjunction with The Guardian. If you are between 18 – 25 and a budding author, we want to hear from you! You have from now until 31st May to submit a partial manuscript (4000 word extract) along with a brief synopsis of your story to […]

The Fictional Gloss

How many of us have had that vaguely irrational urge to try to get through platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station? Even if you don’t take a full on run up with a trolley full of things, I can imagine you may be guilty of giving it the odd surreptitious prod when no one […]

Young Writers Prize – Live Twitter Q&A

THE GUARDIAN HOT KEY BOOKS YOUNG WRITERS PRIZE LIVE TWITTER Q&A TUESDAY 1ST MAY – 5 – 6PM @hotkeybooks Tweet your questions under #YWP12 Submissions open for our Young Writers Prize on Monday 30th April – we hope you are getting ready! If you have any general enquiries regarding the entry criteria, submission guidelines or […]

Blog on Blog(s) – Part 5

Over the last few months we’ve been profiling some of the wonderful book bloggers out there, who give up their time to get behind the books they love. For anyone who has missed them – here are the first four posts below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The feature is back today […]

Hot Key Carnegie Challenge Book 3: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Our reading challenge has been slightly delayed by London Book Fair but we remain dedicated to the cause! We WILL read the eight books before the winner is announced in June… Over the last few weeks we’ve been reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: The blurb goes: Lina is just like any other […]

From the Intern Desk : My Little List of Covetousness

If I had to summarise my childhood home, and my parents’ influence, I would have to say that I grew up in a house of: Cheese (both of the edible and comedic variety)  Theatre (from Shakespearian plays in Hatfield Forest to the most unabashedly ridiculous musicals possible!)  And… mountains of books. My parents’ shelves are […]

Why Social Media? (or my LBF Children’s Innovation Zone Presentation)

On Monday and Tuesday at London Book Fair I gave a presentation on how we’re using social media at Hot Key to launch ourselves as a publisher. You can watch me run through how and why on the video below. It’s about 15 minutes, so sit back over lunch or with a cup of tea […]

Print and Digital, The Best of Both Worlds

Echoing Emily and Kate, I have to say that starting to set up the digital offerings here at Hot Key is a dream come true. I’m in the enviable position of being able to acquire wonderful authors and also to oversee the digital offerings on the entire list. It’s the best of both worlds. And […]

The SPAM guide to publishing

I’ve just got back into the office after 3 days at London Book Fair which was fabulous, brightly lit and rather huge.  You spend a lot of time meeting lots of people and explaining, as a start-up, exactly who you are, what you’ve done and what you’re planning to do. As Ms Benton wonderfully showed […]

The Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize

We are very excited to announce today the launch of an exciting new literary prize in conjunction with The Guardian. We are looking for the next generation of young writers. The competition is open for all unpublished writers between the ages of 18 – 25, to write in either of two categories, 9 – 12 […]


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