This month Natalie Yates brings you the opportunity for feedback on your Opening Lines from Imogen Cooper of the Golden Egg Academy

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 August with Imogen's response.

Imogen Cooper - An Introduction

Award-winning editor Imogen Cooper, AKA Mother Goose, was previously Editorial Director at Chicken House Books. She started the Golden Egg Academy at her kitchen table in 2014 whilst working for Chicken House MD Barry Cunningham, the first publisher of Harry Potter. In 2015 Golden Egg became her main focus and since then she and her experienced team of children's book editors have helped over 70 children’s writers, including M.G. Leonard, Annaliese Avery, Vanessa Harbour, Jennifer Killick, James Nicol and Vashti Hardy, gain agents or publishing contracts. Golden Egg runs selective and non-selective courses for writers of children's fiction and picture books, mentors writers through to submission to agents and publishers, and runs a community Golden Egg Club for anyone interested in children's writing. Golden Egg now also offers four places per year to underrepresented writers through its Golden Egg Award.

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 – i.e. the first paragraph or up to the first 100 words only!

Make sure we receive your submission by June 27th 2021 for your chance to get your lines seen by Imogen. 

We’ll publish the results on August 1st 2021

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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