This month Natalie Yates brings you the opportunity for feedback on your Opening Lines from Chelsea Eberly, from Greenhouse Literary Agency.

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

Chelsea Eberly - An Introduction

Chelsea Eberly is the Director of Greenhouse Literary Agency and represents authors of middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and women’s fiction, as well as illustrators who write picture books. Greenhouse is a transatlantic literary agency which represents authors writing books for children and young adults, with offices in both the US and the UK.


As a former senior editor at Random House, Chelsea edited the Newbery Medal-winning When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller as well as numerous award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors such as Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Mark Siegel, and Kim Johnson to name only a few. She has a deep understanding of how publishers think, and is an expert advocate for her clients. Chelsea is also a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honouree, which recognizes “the rising stars of the US publishing industry.”


A Midwesterner turned New Yorker, Chelsea regularly presents at writing conferences across the country and enjoys teaching craft. Follow her on Twitter at @chelseberly and discover more about her taste on her Publishers Marketplace page.

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 July 3rd 2022 for your chance to get your lines seen by Chelsea. 

We’ll publish the results on July 31st 2022

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 Yates

Natalie has been a SCBWI member since 2015. 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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