Another year is here! As we welcome in 2018 the SCBWI-BI way, 
B B Taylor begins the year in style, celebrating good news to get the year off to a positive start.

New Releases

GR DIX debut children's book was published 31st October. Brian Bradbrick and the hazard of Harry Hatman is available on Amazon

 Rachel Marquez, is a new member to SCBWI here in England.She has illustrated and self-published her first children's book released in October last year My Little Girl which can be found on Amazon.

Up-coming Books

Tracey Mathias with be partying all night with her news! She has just signed with Scholastic UK for a YA political thriller and love story to be published next May. It's called Night of the Party. Here's the link to the Bookseller announcement. https://www.thebookseller.com/news/scholastic-snaps-brexit-ya-thriller-689491.

Katherine Wiseman celebrating signing a contract for four Gangster School books in
English, which are already creating excitement in German. Fab new publisher ZunTold has snapped them up with the first one coming out next summer and the second one in the autumn.

Liz MacWhirter is creating quite a snowstorm over at Scotland Street Press where they are championing literary fiction for young people with the acquisition of Black Snow Falling. It will be published in August 2018.


Cath Jones has had a lot to celebrate in the latter months of 2017. The launch of her debut picture book, Bonkers About Beetroot, in October followed the publication of ten early and reluctant readers by Maverick Books and Ransom Books.

The icing on the cake came at the Maverick Christmas party in December when Bonkers About Beetroot was voted Maverick Best Book of 2017!

Bonkers About Beetroot is out now!

Sophie Kirtley's MG novel Hartboy was shortlisted for the Joan Aiken Future Classics prize and which she pitched live in The Hook at the SCBWI Conference. Then her picture book Moles...According to Mike went and won the Writers' Magazine Picture Book Prize. Gosh! Prizes galore.

Ally Sherrick had plenty to celebrate when her November went with a bang. Her debut novel – and one of this year’s Crystal Kite shortlisted books -  Black Powder won in its category (‘Moving On’) in the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards.

Eloise Williams won the hearts of Wales young readers when her book 'Gaslight' won the Wales Arts Review Young People's Book of the Year 2017!


SCBWI NW member Josette Reeves has recently signed with agent Alice Williams of the David Higham Literary Agency. We can't wait to see her young fiction and picture books.

Marisa Noelle must still be partying after meeting Yasmin Standen at the Agents party, she signed with her a month later 🎉🎉🎉

New Members

We love welcoming new members into SCWBI and watching them grow and succeed in chasing their goals. If you're a new member let us know so we can welcome you too. SCWBI has so much to offer it's members and celebrating their successes is just part of the fun! 

New member Roger Stevens is one of our latest to join. If you were lucky enough you may have attended his seriously funny poetry workshop at the SCBWI conference in Winchester last November, a fantastically funny session was had by all. We would like to officially welcome him to the gang! 

Roger Stevens (left) with Kathryn Evans (right) having a seriously funny time at #SCWBICON17

Good News

Penny Joelson is Delighted to share the news, announced today, that I Have No Secrets is one of 5 books selected for teenagers for World Book Day 2018! A special edition will be available from 26th Feb-25th March

Rashmi Sirdeshpande has some exciting news!! She has been selected as one of the 11 writers on the Penguin Random House WriteNow mentoring programme(#WriteNowLive ontwitter). Absolutely thrilled, especially as I only just started writing 6 months ago! Lots to learn! Big year ahead!

And last but definitely not least, we would like to celebrate with Charlotte Comley who spends so much time celebrating all our other SCBWI members' successes. Like many fellow SCWBI’s she is a Jack of All Trades. She teaches, works as a freelance writer and is a professional storyteller as just a few of her talents. Last year she was getting lots of nibbles and encouragement, but no contract so she decided she needed time to focus on polishing a project. She applied to the Arts Council for Time to Write and Audience Development funding. We are ecstatic to say she was successful and we look forward to following her adventure over the next year.

If you want to get any advice on applying for funding or would like to follow her project why not subscribe to her Youtube channel: The List Writer full of fantastic tips advice and information every writer needs Link - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1qF8eQG77E8yVzWFA3h9cQ

Have you got good new to share? New Book? New Agent? Award nominee or winner? Are you a new member? Say hi and let us know. Why not send an email over with your good news, a picture and any links so we can shout and celebrate too :) 


  1. How completely fabulous! Congratulations all!!

  2. Such brilliant news for everyone - congratulations! xx


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