OPENING LINES September 2020

This month Natalie Yates brings you the opportunity for feedback on your opening lines from Kate Foster from Storm Literary Agency

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

Kate Foster – An Introduction

Reading and writing has been a passion for Kate from an early age, but this was mostly done secretly as she was convinced only rich ‘chosen ones’ could become authors. She worked in a variety of jobs before finally nurturing this passion through mentoring new writers and has worked successfully as a freelance editor for many years. Being able to work alongside writers and watch their skills and voices develop is a dream come true and she is now continuing this as Associate Literary Agent at Storm.  

Kate combines this role with raising three sons with her husband and two rescue dogs in the stunning Gold Coast in Australia, having moved from her home town in southeast England. Kate is also a children's author represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in London.

Kate is open to submissions and is focused on works of fiction only: mainly middle grade at the moment, but she will consider a select few YA and chapter books. Kate falls for voice and characters before plot. Top of her list are funny books, but she is also seeking sports and adventure stories (e.g. a modern Goonies) as well as creepy horror, twisty mysteries and clever fantasies grounded in our world. She wants stories with strong friendships, body positivity, characters with a wicked sense of humour and nerdy kids with a passion for and knowledge of science, in particular the weather. Most importantly, Kate wants to build a diverse list of underrepresented voices from all over the world, and very much welcomes submissions from disabled and neurodivergent authors, authors of colour, LGBTQI authors and authors who battle mental health issues. 

Kate is happy to receive submissions via email and can be found on Twitter @kfosterauthor.

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 September 20 2020 for your chance to get your lines seen by Kate. 

We’ll publish the results on October 25 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 the YA audience. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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