The shortlist for the Branford Boase Award, set up to recognise new writers as well as excellence in publishing, has been announced.
The Traitor Game by B R Collins (edited by Emma Matthewson at Bloomsbury)
The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt (edited by Bella Pearson at David Fickling)
Flood Child by Emily Diamand (edited by Imogen Cooper at Chicken House - and published originally as Reavers Ransom)
Between Two Seas by Marie-Louise Jensen (edited by Liz Cross at OUP)
Bloodline by Katy Moran (edited by Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker Books)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (edited by Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker Books)
Ways To Live Forever by Sally Nicholls (edited by Marian Lloyd at Marian Lloyd Books).
The winner will be announced on 9 July. The judges, chaired by Julia Eccleshare, are Jenny Downham, author of last year's winner Before I Die; Jane Churchill of the Cheltenham Literary Festival; librarian John Dunne; and Caroline Horn of Readingzone and the Bookseller.