‘Sol The Slug’s Night Before Christmas’ for Amazon Kindle free until Christmas Eve
Lucy Banks, a mum-of-two from Devon, won Amazon’s A New Night Before Christmas writing competition with her entry about a slug living under a family’s floorboards who assumes Christmas is not for him, until he comes face to face with Father Christmas.
‘Sol The Slug’s Night Before Christmas‘, brought to life with professional illustrations which formed part of the prize package, is available for free on Kindle across all compatible devices. Print copies are also available to buy on the Amazon for £4.99.
Lucy beat almost 1,000 individual stories from emerging authors of all ages and across the UK, which were submitted to the judging panel made up of Amazon book editors, artist and illustrator Aless Baylis, and children’s writer Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE.
Inspired by the slugs that roam in her own kitchen at night, winning author Banks comments: “I am delighted that Sol the Slug has captured the hearts and imaginations of the judging panel. I tested the story on my two little boys and I just hope that the story will be as popular with children across the country as it was with them. I think there is a lot to be learnt from creatures like slugs; they are universally disliked, but offer something rather lovely to the world. It is a story about acceptance and inclusivity, and I hope it encourages readers to look at the world differently and realise that regardless of appearance, or in this case sliminess, everybody is remarkable.”
Lucy is a freelance copywriter by day and an aspiring author by night and as a Kindle Direct Published author, will earn future royalties once she starts selling the story at the price of her choice from Christmas day following the initial five day free period.