The sun has certainly been shining on our SCBWI members this month as there's a huge round-up of things to celebrate. From competition listings to agent signings to story publications, exciting things have been happening...

Congratulations to Susan Brownrigg who has been awarded a Society of Authors Work In Progress Grant. The grant will allow Susan time to research and write her historical middle-grade novel (for 8-12s) about the early steam locomotive, Rocket, the Rainhill Trials and the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester railway. 

To find out more about these grants click here.

Susan Brownrigg

If you enjoy reading Paperbound Magazine then look out for Arden Jones's YA short story, The Storm, in the upcoming June 2023 edition. When seventeen-year-old Jeanne survives a devastating ice storm, she has to find ways to stay alive. But then she discovers a hybrid dragon bronze statue and realises that there’s more to life than just one physical human form. We're really looking forward to reading it. Congratulations Arden!

Arden Jones

Congratulations to Zoe Arena who has secured representation with The Catchpole Agency...

Zoe Arena

and to Tracy Curran who has signed with Alice Williams of Alice Williams Literary.

Tracy Curran

We're really excited to see what comes next, Zoe and Tracy!

Sital Gorasia Chapman has been busy. Following on from her publications in May, the third book in The Maths Adventurers series, entitled Measure Up, was published on 1st June with DK Publishing. We wish your series every success!

Measure Up is the third book in Sital's The Maths Adventurers series

Finally, a huge well done to Suzanne Dore who has been shortlisted in the Searchlight Awards for an illustrated picture book. Molly: The Mackerel Who Wanted To Be Better will now feature in a pitch book sent by Searchlight to agents and publishers. Good luck, Suzanne!

A spread from Molly: The Mackerel Who Wanted To Be Better

Tune in next month for more upcoming news of book deals, new releases and exciting new opportunities!

Agents, Awards or Good News?

Have you got good news to share? A new book? An offer of agent representation? An award? Don't be shy! Why not send an email over to production@britishscbwi.org together with a picture and any links so we can celebrate with you.

*Header image: in-house collaboration by Ell Rose & Tita Berredo


Tracy Curran is Production Editor for Words & Pictures and enjoys writing picture books, young fiction and lower middle grade novels. Known as Little Cornish Writer, you can find her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

She also enjoys reviewing children's books on her blog The Breadcrumb Forest.


Ell Rose is the Illustration Features Editor of Words & Pictures.
Find their work at www.shannonillustrates.com
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Contact them at illustrators@britishscbwi.org

Tita Berredo is the Illustrator Coordinator of SCBWI British Isles and the Art Director of Words & Pictures. She has a Master's degree in Children's Literature and Illustration from Goldsmiths UOL and a background in marketing and publicity.
Follow her on Instagram and Twitter or www.titaberredo.com
Contact her atilluscoordinator@britishscbwi.org.

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