Competition Success for Wendy Storer and Philippa Francis.

Competitions can be a fantastic jumping off point for  your writing career. So many SCBWI people have had a great start from our own Undiscovered Voices .
Mslexia and The Times/Chicken House are two highly respected competitions that have also led on to success for our members so I am delighted to say that members Wendy Storer of our North West Network and Philippa Francis of South East, were both shortlisted for  Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition 2012/2013. Not only that , Philippa was also longlisted for The Times/chicken House competion with the same  novel 'The Selkies of Scoresby Nab'  and Wendy went on to become runner-up in the Mslexia competition with her novel ‘Bring me Sunshine.’
Wendy Storer
Wendy writes real life fiction for young teens. Having worked in several jobs she quite liked, she finally found one she really likes. Writing. She currently self-publishes her books through Applecore Books, and runs Magic Beans Literary Services to help other children’s writers develop their craft.
Wendy lives in the beautiful Lake District, once home to famous children’s authors, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome and John Cunliffe, although her books are nothing like theirs. She hopes that one day people will say, “The beautiful Lake District? Once home to famous children’s author, Wendy Storer?”

Philippa Francis
Philippa writes as K. M. Lockwood,  she gained an MA in Creative Writing at West Dean College in 2011 after several years of teaching and tutoring. She comes from Yorkshire but now lives by the shore in Sussex where she can often be found beach-combing and day-dreaming. She’s a founder member of Chi Scbwi and one of SCBWI’s fabulous volunteer team. Philippa also blogs as The Wedding Ghost.

If these two have inspired you to enter a competition,  keep an eye open for Undiscovered Voices news!


  1. I deeply love both these ladies (in the literary sense of course). They deserve every success and I'm sure there is much more to come! Whoop whoop!

    1. Amen to that, George!
      I have the joy of knowing Philippa in the real world and would love to meet Wendy in reality as well as virtually. You both deserve your success and much much more.

  2. Well done both of you! That's a great positive step in the right direction.

  3. Thank you very much George, Jackie & of course, Katherine.I would not have come this far without my SCBWI pals.

  4. Hurrah! Philippa, I am bursting with pride for you ... and Wendy, wow! (Also pleased to finally see a real photo of Wendy)

  5. Aww, thanks everyone. I've only just discovered this page and how lovely it is to read your comments. Would love to meet you all in real life if I can overcome my reclusiveness. (The real photo is a start...) Thanks to all at SCBWI for the support over the years.
    Well done to Philippa - two short listings in one month is awesome.


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