Route Publishing's inaugural competition to find the best novel by a Yorkshire-based writer between the ages of 18 and 30 has been won by Sophie Coulombeau.
Rites, the winning novel from 27-year-old Sophie, who lives in York, will be published next year.
Rites is about a group of teenagers who make a pact to lose their virginity.
Route editor Ian Daley said: 'We are thrilled to be publishing this book and to be working with Sophie. She's a great talent, with an exciting future in front of her. The book manages to have that rare combination of being both richly complex and a riveting read. The pages simply turn themselves.
'I'm confident that this is the first of many great books that Sophie will produce.'