We love good news and we love celebrating even more! SCBWI members are definitely a successful bunch and there is never a shortage of good news to share. Celebrations editor Charlotte Comley shares some things worth celebrating this month!


Victoria Richards has won the inaugural Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award beating over 500 entrants to the first prize with her story The Forgotten Forest. The Forgotten Forest will be the lead title for Oh Zoe!, a personalised picture book publisher launching this autumn. Created to give upcoming authors the best possible start, the award means Victoria will have her work published, receive professional development training, her own author website and £500.

Ally Sherrick wins The Young Quills awards for historical fiction, presented each year by the Historical Association. They recognise the best historical fiction for youth and young readers and they adored Black Powder.

Suzie Wilde has made The Guardian’s ‘Best Fantasy and horror novels’ list with The Book of Bera.

Philip Reeve was shortlisted for his brilliant fantasy Railhead at the Carnegie Greenaway Awards.

Camilla Chester's book Eats won Highly commended in the Winchester Children’s Funny Fiction Award.

A SCBWI double win at this year's CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. Congratualtions to Ruta Sepetys who won the Carnegie for Salt to the Sea and Lane Smith who won the Greenway for There is a Tribe of Kids.


Elaine Wickson's Planet Stan will be published in April 2018 by OUP, with pictures by the marvellous Chris Judge, and designed by the equally marvellous Holly Fullbrook.

Peter Bunzl's second book Moonlocket is out now.

John Shelley has a new picture book coming out on July 25th. Magic For Sale, written by Carrie Clickard, is published by Holiday House (USA) and has been given a Starred Review by Kirkus.

And more!

Emma Finlayson-Palmer signed with agent Laura West of the David Highman Agency.

Nicola Keller won a place at Swanwick Writers’ School.

Sally Poyton’s 13-year-old daughter Beatriz Poyton was published in the May edition of Storytime with her story The Leopard who Lost her Spots.

Celebrate with Words & Pictures! 

Do you have a new book out? Have you signed with an agent? Have you won a prize?  If you'd like us to include your good news in next month's Celebrations page, send the details, including a picture of yourself and/or your book along with any links you'd like us to include to celebrations@britishscbwi.org

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