Announcing the 2019 Youth Laureate Winners

Phantom Feather Press and Young New Zealand writers are pleased to announce the 2019 Young New Zealand Writers’ Youth Laureate Award winners are now in print.

There were close to 40 entries from around the country from promising primary and secondary school students of creative writing.

Judged from nearly forty entries by students of all ages, Emma Uren’s pre-teen fantasy adventure, It’s a Small World was the winner of the NZ Youth Laureate Award. Xiaole Zhan’s The Extinct, a tale of magical realism told in free prose, won the editor’s choice award.

Young NZ Writers, in conjunction with Phantom Feather Press, will launch the winning books from the 2019 Young NZ Writers’ Youth Laureate Award at GeyserCon on Friday 31st May in Rotorua at the Holiday Inn.

 

To find out more go our Youth Laureate Page showcasing Emma’s and Xiaole’s books.

 

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2018 Youth Laureate Award

We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2018 Young NZ Writers Laureate Award. ​Beyond our expectations, YNZW received nearly forty entries from young writers of all ages, from around New Zealand in this our inaugural laureate award. The panel found it very difficult to choose a shortlist, with the overall winner and Editor’s Prize selected by Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, Lee Murray.

Congratulations to:
Overall winner –  It’s a Small World by Emma Uren (Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls)
Editor’s Choice  – The Extinct by Xiaole Zhan (Westlake Girls High School)

Both these novelists are being mentored by Lee Murray and we will be publishing their novels with the aim of launching them on May 31st, at the GeyserCon science fiction and fantasy conference in Rotorua (www.geysercon.nz)  Emma Uren’s prize includes a bespoke cover design by Australian artist, David Schembri.

A special congratulations also to the finalists, and highly commended manuscripts below.

Finalists:
Loops by Russell Boey
The Werewolf’s Knife by Isabella Frances-Moore
Free by Emma Lamb
An Elf’s Code  by Denika Mead
Royal Orchid by Denika Mead
The Day’s Eye  by Faith O’Hagan

Highly Commended:
A Mother’s Promise by Kyla Forbes-Kean
The Evil in Money by Holly Smallwood
The L.O.C.K Mystery by Sophie L. Troughton

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Fantasy Extravaganza Book Launch

Vogeltown Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn
1:30-3pm 17 November 2018

Don’t miss out on the fantasy extravaganza we’ve organised for this weekendwith the same swordfighters but with archery and dress up events as we launch Ezaara and Dragon Hero in Eileen Mueller’s new Riders of Fire series.

We had a blast at the launch of A.J. Ponder’s latest book Quest The sword fighters Tara Macintyre and Ethan Bloor-Wilson from The Company of the Dragons were amazing. We had lots of fun enjoying running around with foam swords.

Come along this Saturday, and join the fun.

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Riders of Fire: Ezaara & Dragon Hero are here!

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Riders of Fire series:

Ezaara & Dragon Hero

Eileen Mueller’s new Riders of Fire  young adult series has hit Amazon’s shelves! The first book, Ezaara, which won an award in 2013, is already live and has hit No. 1 Hot New Release in its category. Book 2, Dragon Hero, is available on pre-order and also hit No. 2.

If you like Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern or Christopher Paolini’s Eragon & The Inheritance Cycle, then you’ll you love Riders of Fire, because this adventure is packed full of dragons, wild adventure and twists you don’t see coming. Everyone loves a great dragon adventure, so click here to start reading today.

For a few days only, both books are just 99c, so grab your copy before these exciting dragon rider adventures go up to full price.

Both Ezaara & Dragon Hero can be read as stand-alone novels.

Ezaara, Riders of Fire book 1 by Eileen Mueller

Ezaara

In Lush Valley, it’s a crime to even talk about dragons…

When Ezaara meets Zaarusha the Dragon Queen, she’s swept up in a blaze of emotion and they imprint, forming a deep bond. Ezaara must give up her home and family to become the new Queen’s Rider. Ignorant and unprepared, how can she possibly succeed?

Luckily, she has a dragon master — although rumors say she’d be better off with the enemy. Read the full description here.

If you love epic coming-of-age fantasy, heart-pounding adventure, true love and dragons, Dragon Hero — Riders of Fire is for you.

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Dragon Hero

When a dragon steals Tomaaz’s sister, Ezaara, he discovers dangerous family secrets. Nothing’s as it seems…

His father is wrongly imprisoned. His mother must atone for a dreadful crime, so she journeys deep into the heart of enemy territory.

Then an army of Commander Zens’ bestial tharuks attack Lush Valley. How can Tomaaz save his father? His village? And a strange silent girl with a shocking past?

Read the full description here.

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ “I could barely breathe for the first 100 pages.”

★★★★★ “I loved Dragon Hero and Ezaara. Can’t wait for the next one.”

★★★★★ “The cliff-hangers were killing me.”

See the full series here.

If you’ve already read Ezaara, please leave a review on Amazon or on Goodreads

 

 

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It’s been a real fantasy adventure for us – now it’s your turn!

We had a blast at the launch of A.J. Ponder’s latest book Quest The sword fighters Tara Macintyre and Ethan Bloor-Wilson from The Company of the Dragons were amazing, and there were lots of kids enjoying running around with foam swords.

We hope to do it again soon at Eileen’s Launch of Ezaara – so if you live in Wellington keep your eyes peeled for archery, swords and more!

In the meantime we hope you enjoy Quest

“Sylvalla escapes Avondale castle, and the life of a princess, in search of the adventure she’s always wanted.

Once found, adventure bites back… “

Click on the free preview and find out just how dangerous Sylvalla’s Quest is going to be.

Let your next few days be an adventure,
Eli Sirvid, and the team at Phantom Feather Press

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Celebrating the launch of Quest with Swordfighting, Cosplay and more…

We want you to be part of the fun as we celebrate the launch of Quest at PHOTONFLUX 176 Victoria St, Te Aro, Wellington.

It’s going to be magic. Join in the fun with our celebration of fantasy in literature and film with Sword and Sorcery Cosplay, Swordfighting, a Quiz, and our latest book Quest, by Wizard’s Guide to Wellington author, A.J. Ponder.

A Swordfighting demonstration with Tara Macintyre from the Company of the Dragons!
A Cosplay Competition run by local cosplayer Eli Sirvid: with prizes for the best dressed heroes, heroines and monsters!
And a Fantasy Quiz for all ages.
If you can, sign up to the Facebook event here. It’s going to be epic fun, see you there!

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A.J. Ponder is best known as the author of Wizard’s Guide to Wellington – “Wizards and a taniwha running wild in Wellington – who would have thought it. Perrin’s adventures in the capital city are fun to follow and full of surprises. My (unpointy) hat is off to Alicia Ponder. Now where’s my broom…” Fiona Kidman

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New Book: Attack of the Giant Bugs

We’re excited to announce the release of our latest book, a You Choose Adventure. With over 24 endings and a glossary of the insects you meet during the adventure at the back – It’s a great story at a tiny price.  Buy now to support a young inquisitive mind, and two amazing authors, including Sir Julius Vogel award winning A.J. Ponder and young, up and coming author and Wellington cosplayer, Eli Ponder.

YOU are Greenville’s only hope. You choose which path you take. You can fail your mission or succeed your wildest expectations. But beware, within these pages lies great danger – giant bugs, ants, ladybirds, praying mantises and more. You might come to a grizzly end, or be transformed but whatever happens a real hero keeps fighting, even after they fail.
Are you ready?
Warning: this story contains a mix of real and fictional science. One of the authors has a Bsc Hons and is married to an entomologist who specialises in spiders.

The team at Phantom Feather Press

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Amelia Sirvid, Eileen Mueller & A.J. Ponder

 

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