Slush Pile Challenge - April 2014

We are pleased to announce the April 2014 Slush Pile Challenge.

This time the challenge has been set by Penny Holroyde.

Penny Holroyde is a literary agent with the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. 

She began her publishing career dealing in foreign rights for Walker Books and then relocated to the USA where she worked as Director of Rights and Licensing for Candlewick Press in Massachusetts. She represents authors and illustrators from the well-seasoned to the debut and is always looking to add talent to her list.

Can you write funny? I’d like to see the first chapter of a novel for any age group that really makes me LOL. No synopses are required for this challenge, the chapter needs to stand on its own two hilarious feet.

LOL - Laugh Out Loud
Penny Holroyde will pick a winner and arrange to have a meeting with the winner by phone or in person for 30 minutes.

Send in your entries by 4th May 2014


Who is eligible?

You need to be a current SCBWI un-agented member, resident in the UK.

If you win a challenge, you will not be able to enter for any other Slush Pile challenges.

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What do you need to do?

Send in your entry (as Word Document) to by 4th May 2014.

The word document should be only the first chapter as requested by Penny.
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.

The Process

We will choose 15 entries randomly and send to the agent for review.

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!

Chitra has published over 20 books in Singapore, UK, USA and India. She loves writing picture books, folktales and is also working on fiction for 7+ with a lead character brightly named Aurora. Chitra is a member of the Words & Pictures' editorial team, managing The Slush Pile Challenge.

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