SLUSH PILE CHALLENGE January 2018

 
We are pleased to announce the January 2018 Slush Pile Challenge.


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Thérèse Coen

Thérèse Coen is Rights Director and Agent at Hardman and Swainson and is setting this challenge.

Born and raised in Belgium, on a diet of frites and Tintin, I moved to England in my late teens with my family, and then stayed in London to do a History degree and Masters at University College London. Having been brought up bilingual, speaking French and Dutch, then picking up German and obviously English later on, translation rights seemed like a very logical next step. My first job in publishing was just down the road at Bloomsbury Publishing on Bedford Square, where I started as an intern and left as Rights Executive. I later hopped across the square to work at Ed Victor Ltd.where I was lucky enough to learn from one of the most renowned and experienced literary agents in the world, handling huge celebrity titles alongside Booker-prize winning authors.

I have been building my own list of authors alongside selling translation rights since early 2016, which is something I am very excited to be continuing to do at Hardman & Swainson. I have hugely enjoyed this other side of publishing, and working from authors right from the book’s conception, while also experiencing the thrill of selling my own authors’ works in the UK and US as well as in translation to publishers across the globe. I think it’s the perfect job!



Founded in 2012, Hardman & Swainson is a dynamic London-based literary agency with a diverse range of clients. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service to our authors, working closely with them at all stages of their careers.  We have an international focus and make it a priority to sell our clients’ work in as many territories as possible. The agency represents quality writing of all kinds and we welcome submissions and queries from new and established writers. We are a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents.


THE CHALLENGE: 

Your one-line pitch, blurb and first chapter of a middle grade fantasy or sci-fi adventure with either friendship or family at its heart.

                           THE REWARD:

Thérèse will pick a winner. She will arrange to have a 30 minute meeting with the winner. It will be in person, via Skype or a phone call.


CLOSING DATE: SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY (MIDNIGHT - GREENWICH MEAN TIME)



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

You need to be a current SCBWI un-agented member, resident in the UK. (With effect from 29th July 2014, it is open to European residents as well).

If you win a challenge, you will not be able to enter 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

If between submitting your entry and the winner being announced, you gain representation from an agent, please contact us at competitions@britishscbwi.org


WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

1      Check that you are a paid up member of SCBWI before submitting your entry by going to scbwi.org  Any entries received where member's details cannot be found on SCBWI records will not be included as a valid entry. 

2      Send in your entry as a single Word Document to competitions@britishscbwi.org  Submissions to the Slush Pile Challenge should not be sent direct to the agent/editor/judge.  


3      The document should contain only the one-line pitch, blurb and first chapter that the judge has requested. Do not include your name, address or email address in the word document or the document name. The word document should be named in the following format - 'your title' January 2018 Slushpile.doc

4      Please do not insert a header or footer in your submission. 

5       
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.

6       Shortly after you have submitted your entry you will receive an email from the competitions email address stating, 'Your entry has been received.' If you do not receive this message please send an email to competitions@britishscbwi.org   However, we cannot put through entries through after the closing date unless your entry is received on or before the closing date. 

 7      Only the first entry will be considered. Please do not send revisions, multiple entries or multiple attachments. 

8       Any entries received after the closing date will automatically be disqualified. 


THE PROCESS


As soon as the competition is closed, it is necessary to generate a random selection using a computer program. All valid and verified entries received will be included irrespective of whether the entry was received on the date of the launch of the competition or on the closing date, or whether the entrant has previously had their submissions seen by an agent/editor/judge. This has to be done to ensure that there is no bias or pre-judging from SCBWI BI/SCBWI BI Words and Pictures editorial team when sending the entries for judging. The terms of the competition are that the judge agrees to read a minimum of fifteen entries from the number of submissions. In many cases the agent/editor/ judge requests to read more. When an agent/editor/judge requests to read fifteen or another proportion of the total entries, those chosen as the first ones to be read by the computer will be sent to him/her. Sometimes the judge may request a further selection of valid and verified entries before making their decision. When this occurs, to avoid bias, the next group of entries from the initial computer generated random selection will be sent to the agent/editor/judge. There are times when the judge requests to read all the entries and these are then forwarded to him/her. 

The agent will pick a winner and also tell us why.  Sometimes the agent who set the competition may quote a few sentences or phrases from the winner's submission in the blog announcing the winner.  

The winner will be put in touch with the agent so they can arrange the 30 minute discussion, in person, by Skype, or on the phone.

Good Luck Everyone!


  
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 un-agented members feel able to enter.  



Elaine Cline has been a SCBWI member for over 4 years and loves to write picture books, middle-grade and teen books. 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. 

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