Biography & AwardsA little personal history...

MARCUS SEDGWICK was born and raised in East Kent in the South-east of England. He now lives in the French Alps.

Alongside a 16 year career in publishing he established himself as a widely-admired writer of YA fiction; he is the winner of many prizes, most notably the Michael L. Printz Award for 2014, for his novel Midwinterblood. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for this prize.

His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (six times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times).

Marcus was Writer in Residence at Bath Spa University for three years, and teaches creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and Ty Newydd. He is currently working on film and other graphic novels with his brother, Julian, as well as a graphic novel with Thomas Taylor. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards.

His latest title in the US is Blood Red, Snow White.




You can send Marcus an email using the form on the CONTACT page and you will get a reply (assuming you’re polite! My gosh, you’d be surprised at some of the things people say!) but please be patient :-)

PLEASE NOTE that due to too many requests Marcus unable to offer help with writing. For an explanation, please go here.

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These are a selection of the awards which Marcus's books have won or been nominated for:

The Ghosts of Heaven
A Printz Honor Book
YALSA Teens' Top Ten List
Shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Fiction Prize
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards
Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards

She Is Not Invisible
Winner of the Essex Book Award
Winner of the Oxfordshire Book Award
Winner of the Rib Valley Book Award
Winner of the Spellbinding Book Award
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize

Midwinterblood
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award
Winner of the Printz Award

White Crow
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award

Revolver
A Printz Honor Book
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2009
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award 2010

Flood and Fang
Shortlisted for Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2009
Selected for Scholastic Best Books 2009

Lunatics and Luck
The Blue Peter Book Award
 
The Kiss of Death
Shortlisted for The Leeds Book Award 2009
Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award 2010
 
Blood Red, Snow White
Nominated for The CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award 2008
Shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award 2007
 
My Swordhand is Singing
Winner of 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award
Winner of the Renfrewshire Book Award
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award 2007
Shortlisted for The Brilliant Book Award, Nottingham 2007
Shortlisted for the Southern School’s Book Award
Shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award 2008
Shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire Book Award 2008
Shortlisted for the Calderdale Book of the Year Award 2007
Shortlisted for the 2007 Salford Children’s Book Award
Shortlisted for the Surrey Book Award 2008
 
The Foreshadowing
Longlisted for the 2006 Carnegie Medal
Winner of the 2006 North East Teenage Book Award
Shortlisted for the Stockport School Book Award 2006
Shortlisted for the 2006 Salford Children’s Book Award
Shortlisted for the 2006 Booktrust Teenage Book Prize
Longlisted for the 2007 Manchester Book Award
Shortlisted for the 2007 Angus Book Award
Shortlisted for the American Library Association ‘Best Books for Young Adults’ 2007
Winner of the Portsmouth Book Award 2007
 
The Book of Dead Days
Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book of the Year 2003
Shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire Book Award 2005
Shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award 2005 Longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2003
 
The Dark Horse
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2002
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2002
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award

Witch Hill
Shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award 2002
Shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award
Shortlisted for the ALA/IRA award

Floodland
Winner of the 2001 Branford Boase Award