Competitions are a great way to get your work seen, so any competition that is aimed at debut picture book writers and is judged by picture book supremo Amy Sparkes and superagent Julia Churchill is a must. It’s also sponsored by Writing Magazine which features regular articles by Amy on how to write for children.
Entries of up to 800 words can be in rhyme or prose, and you have plenty of time to hone your masterpieces before submission as the entry window doesn’t open until 1 September 2018 (and closes on 31 October). Prizes include consultations, critiques and cash, but most importantly being a prize winner can be an valuable step towards publication.
Details are on Amy Sparkes’ site and I recommend following her on Twitter to get her Wednesday Writing Tips. And if you need any help prior to submission, why not check out my critique service?
I couldn’t wait to tell you about the exciting picture book competition in this month’s Writing Magazine! It’s open to any unpublished and unagented writer and the prize is a lunch consultation with top children’s agent Julia Churchill (plus a subscription to Writing Magazine – oh, and £200 as well). And who knows where that could lead?
From my critique pile I know loads of you have some fantastic picture books waiting for the right opportunity, and there’s no entry fee so I urge you to give it a go!
Your text should be no longer than 800 words and can be rhyming or prose. You can present it in page spreads or as continuous text. No illustrations, pop-ups etc. Details here.
There’s also some great tips on picture book writing from prolific picture book writer Amy Sparkes in the accompanying article (August edition).
Closing date is 29 September. Good luck!
It’s a bit late in the year, I know, but I’ve finally completed updating my list of UK children’s literary agents. And the good news is that it’s not doom and gloom: more agencies are accepting email submissions, more are accepting picture books and some even have a few more authors on their lists than they did last year. Were some of them us? If not, maybe they will be this time next year!
Other changes of note:
- Darley Anderson now has a dedicated children’s agency with 9 authors.
- Curtis Brown has gone all Star Trek with a fancy electronic submissions ‘portal’ (see my interview with children’s agent Stephanie Thwaites).
- The Greenhouse has lost Julia Churchill to AM Heath but gained new agent John Cusick.
- AM Heath has gone paperless and has a special submissions form, if your eyes can cope with the tiny grey text.
- Andrew Mann has a new website but I suspect it is still being worked on as several links were broken.
Remember the golden rules of following any submission instructions to the letter, being ultra-professional and only submitting your very best work. Good luck.