We are pleased to announce the
first SlushPile Challenge for 2015
Gemma Cooper joined the Bent Agency in 2012 and represents authors who write for children of all ages – from picture books to young adult, fiction and non-fiction. Working with a global agency, Gemma represents authors from all over the world, although she does love to champion UK talent. For more information, see the Bent Agency website.
I really look for voice in my submissions and putting your character in an unfamiliar situation gives you a great opportunity to show emotions (fear, trepidation, confidence etc.), allows you to introduce new characters, and has great potential for humour.
I'd like submissions to be aimed at the middle-grade (8-12) audience.
Gemma will pick a winner and arrange to have a meeting with them by phone or in person for 30 minutes.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Who is eligible?
You need to be a current SCBWI un-agented member, resident in the UK. (From 29th July 2014 onwards, it is open to European residents as well).
If you win a challenge, you will not be able to enter for any other Slush Pile challenges.
To join SCBWI and take advantage of the many opportunities to: raise your profile, market your work, meet fellow writers, artists, the gatekeepers to publication, while being supported in the development and pursuit of your craft, visit scbwi.org.
What do you need to do?
Send in your entry as a Word Document to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st January 2015.
The document should contain the title and the opening scene. Please note the opening scene should be under 2000 words.
Do not include your name, address or email address in the Word document.
In the email please write your full name as it appears in SCBWI membership records and your email address. Also include the title of your work.
Only the first entry will be considered. Please do not send revisions, multiple entries or multiple attachments.
We will choose 15 entries randomly and send to the agent for review. This is to ensure that agents are able to judge a reasonable number of entries and to ensure the W&P team is not pre-judging the entries. In many cases, our judges review all submissions and sometimes we receive only around 15 entries or so.
The agent will pick a winner and also tell us why.
The winner will be put in touch with the agent for the 30-minute meeting.
Good Luck Everyone!