|Helen Mackenzie Smith|
Helen Mackenzie Smith, Literary Agent at Bell Lomax Moreton has set this challenge.
Bell Lomax Moreton represents a wide range of distinguished authors and illustrators, writing and illustrating adult fiction, non fiction and children's books.
Helen Mackenzie Smith joined Bell Lomax Moreton in January 2014 as a picture book agent bringing a wealth of picture book editorial experience to the agency as a result of her previous roles at Random House Children's Publishers and HarperCollins Children's Books. She is looking for stories and characters with humour and heart, and which fire the imagination. These might be in the form of projects from author-illustrators, or in texts or illustrations separately. However, for the purpose of this Slush Pile Challenge, Helen is judging written picture book texts only. In this instance, she does not want illustrations to accompany the text.
The Words and Pictures team are aware that our members write for different ages and genres. With this in mind, we endeavour to provide at least one Slush Pile Challenge a year that our unagented members feel able to enter.
Elaine Cline has been a SCBWI member for over 3 years and loves to write picture books, junior fiction and middle-grade. She lives by the sea and has two soft and silly cats.
Elaine is a member of the Words & Pictures' editorial team, managing The Slush Pile Challenge for writers.