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Kelpies Prize 2016 Winner Announced

We are thrilled to finally announce the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2016. A hearty congratulations to Elizabeth and her sassy witch story, Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic!

Well done to fellow shortlisted authors Christine Laurenson and Alan McClure.

Winner Elizabeth Ezra receives her giant cheque from Jonathan Meres

Elizabeth Ezra and Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic

When young witch Ruby McCracken's parents lose their jobs and can no longer pay their magic bills, they are forced to leave their sophisticated magical world and start a new life in the Ordinary World – without magic.

Ruby's life is OVER. For one thing, she won't be able to chat to her friends about the Hex Factor any more. And she's absolutely STARVING because her snack spell won't work. Also how can she get revenge on the mean girls at her boring new school without using magic?

Ruby is desperate to get her magic back and find a way home. She receives a mysterious hext that seems to offer an answer, but can she work out the riddle it contains? And who could be sending her a magical hext in this dreary ordinary world?

Elizabeth Ezra was born in California and now lives with her family in Edinburgh. When she's not writing academic books about cinema, she likes writing for children. When she was growing up, she loved reading books about witches. Inevitably, the sad day came when she realised she had read all the witch books in her local library, so she decided that she would have to write one.

Kelpies Prize 2017 – Now Open

Have you got a brilliant idea for a children's novel set in Scotland? If you missed out on entering the Kelpies Prize this year, don't worry because you still have plenty of time to submit your entry for next year's prize.

We are now accepting submissions in two categories: Kelpies (8-11 years) and KelpiesTeen (11-14 years). You can read more about our new submission categories here. The deadline for the 2017 prize is not until 28 Februrary 2017, so get writing and you could see your novel in print in autumn 2018. Good luck!

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