This month Natalie Yates brings you the opportunity for feedback on your opening lines from Lina Langlee of Kate Nash Literary Agency

OPENING LINES gives you a chance to get some professional feedback so you can fine-tune your submissions. Up to three or more entries will be chosen at random for feedback. If yours is selected, it will be published anonymously here in May with Lina's response.

Lina Langlee – An Introduction 

Originally from Sweden, Lina moved to Scotland in 2008 to study and graduated with a First from University of Glasgow and an MLitt (Distinction) in Publishing Studies from Stirling University. She then went on to work in publishing at Canongate, then at Black & White. She joined the Kate Nash Literary Agency in 2018, and is actively building her list of clients. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the RNA ‘Agent of the Year’ award. 

Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, literary fiction, twisty thrillers and crime fiction with a difference, speculative or high concept books that remain very readable, fun and moving Middle Grade and any genre of Young Adult. She is also on the lookout for specialist non-fiction and has a special interest in Scottish writing and anything with a Scandinavian angle.

When Lina isn’t reading, she enjoys live music, wine, being outdoors, and cooking. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two cats, Björn and Benny.

How to submit your Opening Lines 

Please email and write OPENING LINES ENTRY in the subject line. Your email needs to contain:

• your full name
• title
• elevator pitch
first few opening lines.

Make sure we receive your submission by 26 April 2020 for your chance to get your lines seen by Lina. 

We’ll publish the results on 24 May 2020

Remember, OPENING LINES isn’t a competition, so you are free to submit your story elsewhere.



You need to be an un-agented, current SCBWI member, and resident in either the UK or Europe.

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If you've received feedback from OPENING LINES, how did it help you? If it led to you finding an agent or a publisher, we'd love to hear your story.


Natalie has been a SCBWI member since 2015 and is now Networks Coordinator for the North East. When she is not working as a Teaching Assistant for a local secondary school, she writes for YA and is a member of the GEA North contingent. You can find her very occasionally blogging and more often on Twitter.

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