Thursday 15 October 2009

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NEWS: British Teen Editors needed for Spinebreakers

I have been given some information about an AMAZING opportunity for teens 13-18 in the UK who love reading! Check it out:



Calling all creative whizzes, book heads, musos and budding writers. We are recruiting a team of 13-18 year olds to become the next line up of music and books editors for Penguin’s online community,, run by teens for teens.

Spinebreakers launched in 2007 and is now crammed full of creative content inspired by books, contributed by 13-18 year olds. The website is backed by publisher Penguin but the content of the site is totally in the hands of the young editors.

The past editors have had brilliant experiences interviewing famous authors like Nick Hornby, being the first to hear and review brand new music from Island records, sitting on the first ever Orange Prize for Fiction Youth Panel, attending the Underage Festival, speaking at events, and letting the world know their opinions when it came to books. We are now looking to recruit a second generation of editors: this is your chance to fill their footsteps, gain some amazing experiences and be a part of something unique.

You will:

  • Receive tonnes of free books
  • Get to listen and review some of the hottest new music around
  • Work with industry professionals
  • Meet and interview famous authors and musicians
  • Explore imaginative topics around books and writing
  • Unleash your creativity
  • Get something totally amazing on your CV
  • Have all travel expenses covered

“I have to say my involvement with Spinebreakers has helped me a great deal, not only it's given me the confidence to stand out within a crowd, public speaking, writing articles, but it has also given me the opportunity to be on BBC Radio 4, which I'm really proud of.” Osman Diallo (ex-Spinebreakers Editor, aged 20)

If you have a passion for books, music, reading, writing, drawing, filming – anything creative – then we want to hear from you.

The editors will receive a half-day workshop at a youth marketing agency in London. You need to be:

  • Available on 26th October 2009
  • Within commuting distance of London (for Books Editors only)
  • Able to attend monthly meetings at Penguin in Central London
  • Able to commit to creating monthly content
To apply, we want you to show us what you can do. Send us your favourite piece of writing you’ve done – it could be a short story, book or album review, rant or feature. Plus we want you to tell us in 100 words or less why you should become one of our teen editors. And, don’t forget to state if you’d rather be a books or music editor. Send the info to:

Please send your submissions to reach us no later than 22nd OCTOBER 2009

Please visit to find out more about the site and to apply to become an editor.

Can’t wait to hear from you!


How amazing does that sound?! Oh, if only I was a few years younger! A little further information I was given in the email: "The teen editors at Spinebreakers have complete editorial control. If they don’t like a book, they can say so, and their thoughts will still be put up on the site."

Sweet, huh? What are you waiting for? Get emailing!


  1. Ah, I'm posting this tomorrow on Chicklish! I have it all set to go. I agree that it sounds amazing, and I'd have absolutely loved a chance like this years ago! :)

  2. It's so awesome! It sucks so much that I'm so old :P I would love to do something like that now, let alone a few years back! It's amazing!

  3. I completely agree! We need an equivalent for Over-18-year-old fans of YA fiction. There are a lot of us out there. And some of us (ahem) are a lot further over 18 than others. ;)

  4. We do! I'd do it! My CV is in need of sprucing up!

  5. 13-18 ? Nope.
    Living in the UK ? Nope.

    That's amazing ! Such a great idea...

  6. It is! I love it, such a great opportunity for teenagers! People need to jump on it!