There Will Be Lies: A Writing Competition

People you love can lie to you for the very best of reasons.


Happy New Year!!!


What better way to start 2015 with a new book from Nick Lake. There Will Be Lies is a YA Thriller, the story of Shelby and her mother as they travel across Arizona. With a touch of magic thrown in, Nick Lake has written a stunning new book. To be in with a chance of winning, enter the competition, more information below.  


About the book

Shelby Jane Cooper is seventeen, pretty and quiet. It's just Shelby and her mom, Shaylene, a court stenographer who wears pyjama jeans, stitches tapestry, eats ice-cream for dinner and likes to keep Shelby safe. So safe she barely goes out. So safe she doesn't go to school. Because anything could happen, to a girl like Shelby. Anything.


When Shelby gets knocked down by a car, it's not just her leg that's broken: Shelby's world is shattered. Her mom turns up to collect her and drives off into the night, like it's the beginning of a road trip, like two criminals on the run, like Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde. And somehow, everywhere she looks, there's a coyote watching her, talking to her, telling her not to believe.


Who is Shelby Jane Cooper? If the person who keeps you safe also tells you lies, who can you trust?



About Nick Lake

Nick Lake was born in Britain but grew up in Luxembourg, where his father worked for the European Parliament. Nick works in publishing by day and writes in every spare moment he can find. In 2012, his powerful and moving novel In Darkness, about the Haitian earthquake, was published for adults and older teenagers, receiving huge acclaim.Hostage Three is his very different but equally powerful new novel for teenagers.


Nick lives near Oxford with his wife and family. His long commute to work gives his imagination time to explore places he's never visited.


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The competition

1) Read the extract here. Write a story where a lie is discovered.


2) Write a story inspired by this quote.




The prizes

One winner will receive feedback on their story from Nick Lake (an author and a proffesional editor!) and a signed copy of the book

Three runners up will win signed copies of the book.





Open to everyone

No word limit

Competition closes 23:00 GMT 5th February 2014




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