The short list has just been announced...several expected contenders have been left off, but then these prizes are always something of a lottery. The category winner will be announced in early January and the overall winner (this prize is unique in pitting novels against biographies against poetry and children's books) in late January.
Keith Gray - Ostrich Boys
Saci Lloyd - The Carbon Diaries 2015
Michelle Magorian - Just Henry
Jenny Valentine - Broken Soup