Waterstones presents… The Ultimate Writer

It's the literary event of 2014. Not the Nobel Prize for Literature, not the latest instalment in A Song of Ice and Fire, not the 450th birthday of Christopher Marlowe: it's the Waterstones Ultimate Writer Contest.

Over the coming weeks, 24 of the world's hottest literary talents, from Neil Gaiman to Marian Keyes, will be slugging it out to determine who's the toughest, fittest, brawlingest writer of them all.

Click on the authors battling below to read how the match pans out and vote for your winner.