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YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards 2011 << Back Book of the Year Award Winners 2011. 

Many congratulations to the YouWriteOn Book of The Year Award Winners 2011! The Book Awards started in 2007 as part of our Arts Council funding.  
Winners & Finalists who have developed their novels on youwriteon have achieved
book deals with world leading publishers as a result - including Penguin, Random House, Orion, Harper Collins, Hodder & Stoughton and Little Brown

We believe that as the winners and bestseller chart finalists for 2011 develop and complete their stories that they will have great opportunities and do very well too.  YouWriteOn sends many congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and wishes all participants every success.

The Book of the Year Award 2011 Winners & Finalists

All of the following Winners & Finalists were considered from all of the highest rated stories that entered the bestseller chart in 2010 as rated by fellow site members. Click on the links below to view story excerpts.

Adult Fiction Winners

The Grower by Robbie Smith 
2. Separation by Emma Dugan
Cut and Run by Karen Snape-Williams 
The Baptist by Ruby Barnes
5. Lickety Split by 
D. Moody

Childrens' Fiction Winners

Scarlett and the Soul Thief by Annie Oliver                
Catbook by Richard Hurndall
3. Ready Steady Dig by Rosalind Winter
4. Psico by David Wardale
5. Meggie Blackthorn by Elizabeth Jasper

Click here to view all of the 2011 YouWriteOn Book Award Finalists - our charts can be searched by month for each finalist in 2010 with links to read excerpts from their stories which were all very highly rated by members.

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The Judging This year's Book of the Year Awards 2011 saw many exceptional novel openings and short stories. Each of the winners and finalists carried their readers along with the unique worlds they created to be rated the highest rated stories on YouWriteOn for 2010. It was a very hard choice to decide between the stories, and the site's personal judging choice, but what each story has in common, whether a winner or finalist, is that they were each entries to the YouWriteOn BestSellers Chart, voted there by their peers. 

Equally, we believe there were many highly rated stories that did not make the BestSeller Chart but which we believe will find success too. We thank every member for their contributions. What makes the site is the contributions and constructive feedback from members to help develop their writing and other members work which gives some great stories to be enjoyed both by site readers, and also to enter the wider world of literature for all readers to enjoy.

An extremely big thank you to all our new writer members who uploaded their chapters for feedback during the qualifying year of 2010 and exchanged constructive reviews. Thank you to all our literary professionals as well, who provided free professional critiques each month for YouWriteOn's highest rated members, including editors from leading publishers Random House and Orion.


Examples of Previous Book of the Year Award Winners' success stories. 

The Legacy, YouWriteOn Book of the Year 2009. Discovered on youwriteon by Orion after being highly rated by members. Orion published the novel by Katherine Webb and it became an Amazon top 3 bestseller in 2010. Voted the winner of the Channel 4 TV Book Club's 2010 Summer Reads.

Katherine Webb, “It's taken ten years and seven completed novels, but, thanks to YouWriteOn, I have just signed a two book deal with Orion! The Legacy received tremendous support from all those who read and reviewed it on YouWriteOn .. A huge thank you to everyone who commented.”

YouWriteOn Book of the Year Finalist Caligula by Doug Jackson, achieved a six-figure book deal with Random House after developing on

Doug Jackson: ", for example, I just stumbled on when I hadn't a clue about where to go next with the book. They gave me the breakthrough and taught me how to take criticism. It's as if a switch has been flipped. I know that I'll write from now on .. Then that took me to the next step, and if anyone knows anything about historical fiction, it's Sarah O'Keefe at Orion. I remember when she told me I needed to rework the book that I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I knew that if I could it would take me to a completely different level as a writer.



YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award winner Bufflehead Sisters by Patricia J. DeLois. Published by in 2007, the novel went on to become a bestseller in the author's home state of Maine and was named the best novel of the year by a leading newspaper there, ahead of a former Pulitzer prize winner. The novel was then taken on and published by Penguin as a result.

YouWriteOn Book of the Year Winner 2010 The Apothecary's Daughter by Charlotte Betts. Discovered on by the literary agent for bestselling series The Princess Diaries after she browsed the bestseller charts, the novel is published in 2011 by Little Brown, publisher of books such as The Twilight series. 

Charlotte Betts: "The Apothecary's Daughter will be published summer 2011. This is the realisation of a dream for me and I will always be grateful to YouWriteOn and its members, not only for the valuable feedback but for the opportunity to allow my work to be displayed and then discovered. Thank you to everyone who helped me to improve my writing."

YouWriteOn Book Award Winner The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville, our first book award winner, achieved publishing success in 2011 with Hodder, publishers of authors such as Stephen King. Guy's novel has been described as 'Fatherland for an action movie age' (Daily Telegraph) and 'A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read' (Sun ).

YouWriteOn Children's Book of The Year Winner The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke. After developing his story on, Bob was published by by leading publisher Harper Collins, and received the Ellis Dillion Award at the Bisto Book Awards, which has previously recognised authors such as Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer.  

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