THE Lindsay Literary Agency is delighted to announce that we will once more be sponsoring a fully funded place at Winchester Writers’ Festival, 14th- 16th June 2019. The scholarship place is open to any UK unagented YA or middle grade writer from an under-represented background. Below is a transcript of a Twitter Q&A we held recently and further information on how to apply can be found on the Scholarship page of this website. 

Can you apply if you have already been published? I’m afraid not if you’ve been traditionally published, but self-published is fine.

When is the Deadline? It is Monday, 4th March 2019 at midnight.

Can I submit work that has been previously self-published? Yes you can.

I belong to the Indian ethnic background, however I’m a British Citizen. Do I qualify for this scholarship? Yes you do – anyone from a BAME background who is living in the UK or Ireland can apply.

Some members of my critique group have asked who’s eligible for the scholarship? 

Applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their under-represented background so we’re taking a very broad approach, but LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are all eligible

Are you accepting new clients? Yes we are – please see our website for details http://www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk 

Do you have a preference for picture books/MG/YA? Personally I like all writing for children, but for the scholarship we’re only accepting MG and YA this year.

Who are the judges? Kirsty Stansfield from Nosy Crow, Eishar Brar from Scholastic, Aimee Felone, co-founder of Knights Of, Sue Wallman author of four YA books and Becky Bagnell of Lindsay Literary Agency.

The scholarship looks brilliant! Which industry experts might the winner meet at the festival? That’s a good question – I don’t know if the line up has been finalised for this year, but usually lots of great editors, agents and authors might be there like: Anne Clark, Amber Caraveo, Joe Marriott, Joanna Moult, Kirsty Stansfield, Pamela Butchart etc. 

How do you define under-represented? Groups such as LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are all currently under-represented in UK, but we’re not limiting the scholarship

Will you consider unfinished manuscripts if the writing/concept has potential? The rules state that the manuscript should be finished, but we’re only asking for the first 4,000 words of your work in progress, so it doesn’t need to be the final version as long as the concept is planned out as a first draft

Does a story need to be finished to submit for consideration for the scholarship? Or is a WIP OK? Work in progress is fine – as long as you have a first draft somewhere on your computer and you know where you’re going with the story.

What are your 3 top tips for making the first 4k of a story gripping? I’d say that first something BIG needs to happen OR something unusual to really peak your readers interest. Then you need characters who stand out from the crowd and a STRONG voice.

Do you have a preference for picture books/MG/YA? Personally I like all writing for children, but for the scholarship we’re only accepting MG and YA this year.

Before you attend you can submit your work to be read by ACTUAL EDITORS AND AGENTS who you then get to meet face-to-face to chat about work/ask questions AND you get WRITTEN FEEDBACK. Invaluable!

If you are unpublished or self-published from a BAME background, this fully funded scholarship opportunity to the Winchester Writers’ Festival is for you.

I met my awesome agent at this festival. AND learned about a MILLION things I didn’t know about the children’s book world. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

And is there anything you would say entrants should actively avoid? In your WIP I’d say that a bullying scene or a dream sequence in the first chapter can be a hard sell… editors and agents see this very often and it’s hard to make these work.

What exactly does an under-represented background mean? Groups such as LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are all currently under-represented in UK, but we’re not limiting the scholarship and so if you’ve not seen yourself represented in children books please apply

Hi Becky, not a question but just to say how rewarding Winchester Writers’ Festival is. it’s been a few years now, but it was wonderful.

From what I understood the application for the scholarship should have three attachments – The 4,000 word sample of my work, 500 word statement and 500 word synopsis of my work. Is that correct? Yes that’s right

Why do we need more stories from under-represented writers? Because stories depicting children from underrepresented backgrounds render their experiences and behaviours visible and valuable, which can affect the development of positive self‐concept

Even though the Lindsay Literary scholarship is for MG or YA, are you still interested in receiving PB submissions in your normal submissions inbox? Yes I love picture books so please do keep sending these in.

More good reasons for seeing books from under-represented writers: Children who see themselves represented in books are better able to retain and recall plot and character information after reading such texts. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/socf.12404

I was told by another writer that coming from a single parent family – a working mother- didn’t fall into the category of underrepresented. Is that true? The MC of my current WIP comes from a similar background and has a half-sister.

Thank you for your question – we ask applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their under-represented background and so although this isn’t one of the most obvious of groups we’re not ruling you out at this stage. If you know the statistics tell us on applying.

Are there any hot themes/topics in mg that you’re looking out for? I would say that anything funny is always in demand, but I’ve not seen any good animal stories for a while…

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PAMELA Butchart has written a brand new Secret Seven story to carry on the celebrated series, The Mystery of the Skull. A huge fan of Enid Blyton, Pamela was commissioned to create a new mystery for her favourite club to solve.

Set in the same world and time as the original stories, this story is brought to life by Tony Ross’s brilliant illustrations.

When asked by her publisher, ‘What did Enid Blyton mean to you as a child?’ Pamela said:

Enid Blyton‘s books were a huge part of my childhood. The Secret Seven books had the biggest impact on me. They helped turn me into an independent reader and were the first series of books I fell in love with. I loved them so much I formed a secret society with the other kids in the block of council flats I lived in. We’d pile outside into the bushes in the communal green and hold our very own secret meetings (complete with picnics of course – that was the best part!). We didn’t have ginger biscuits, rock cakes or homemade lemonade but we did have jam sandwiches, KitKats and plenty of Quavers.

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WE are delighted to announce that two of our authors have won awards this summer. Sue Wallman won the Lancashire Book of the Year 2018 for her YA thriller See How They Lie and Sharon Tregenza won the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2018 for her middle-grade novel The Jewelled Jaguar. Well done to you both!

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THE Lindsay Literary Agency is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring a scholarship place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018, 15th-17th June. This brand-new scholarship will be awarded to a children’s fiction writer (YA or middle grade), of any age, from an under-represented background. The scholarship covers the cost of three days at the Festival, access to all workshops and talks, four one-to-one appointments with industry experts, all meals, accommodation and travel.

The Winchester Writers’ Festival is where Becky met two of the agency’s most inspirational authors (Pamela Butchart and Sue Wallman) and it is really important to us to able to extend this opportunity to a writer from an under-represented background.

If you’re interested in applying please take a look at the Festival website for more information – Winchester Writers’ Festival

For ideas on the kind of writing we’re looking for, we’d love to find a British (or Irish) YA writer along the lines of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or again a UK version of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Alternatively we love funny middle-grade like You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton and adventures with heart like The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson.

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PAMELA Butchart is, ‘set to go stratospheric in 2018’ according to Fiona Noble writing in The Bookseller. As well as being a World Book Day author for 2018 and having written a £1 book, The Baby Brother From Outer Space, Pamela’s new Izzy title, The Phantom Lollipop Man! is due out in February. Also coming next year is The Mystery of the Skull, the first ever new story written for the classic Enid Blyton Secret Seven series. Oh and we almost forgot Pamela is also expecting her first baby – go Pamela!

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WE are delighted to announce that two of our authors, Sharon Tregenza and Sam Gayton have been shortlisted for the Calderdale Best Children’s Book of the Year 2018. Sharon’s ‘The Jewelled Jaguar’ was published in September by Firefly Press and Sam Gayton’s ‘His Royal Whiskers’ was published in the UK by Andersen Press and in the USA by Simon & Schuster. Many congratulations Sharon and Sam!

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World Book Day has just announced that Pamela Butchart will be one of 10 authors writing a brand new story available to all kids in the UK and Ireland for just £1. The writer and illustrator team Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham, who together have created the Izzy series are currently working on the new story, The Baby Brother From Outer Space, due out on World Book Day 2018!

When Haroon’s mum brings his baby brother into school, Izzy and her friends are ALARMED! The baby is clearly using mind control because the office ladies start squeaking and saying made-up words. He writes strange messages with his blocks and he REALLY LIKES SCHOOL DINNERS! But it’s when he’s caught speaking in an alien language on his ‘phone’ that they know. Haroon’s baby brother is from outer space and he’s trying to BEAM THEM ALL UP!!!

World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the nation’s entire book industry comes together to work proactively to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future. This year, thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be distributed to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).

Many Congratulations Pamela!

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Many congratulations to Pamela Butchart on publication of Pugly on Ice – just in time for the winter weather.

When Pugly straps on his blades of glory, he knows he is the best ice skater EVER! But someone wants the gold medal very badly and they will stop at nothing to get it. Can Pugly pirouette on to the podium, or will he be cut down in his furry prime? Pugly is a laugh-out-loud series about a very adventurous pug, written by Pamela Butchart, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Children’s Book Award. The hilarious illustrations are by Gemma Correll.

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WE are so pleased that Sue Wallman’s YA debut Lying About Last Summer has been chosen by the vlogger, YouTuber and author Zoe Sugg for her WHSmith Zoella Book Club.
Lying About Last Summer was first published in May 2016, and to celebrate its inclusion in the Zoella Book Club, Scholastic have designed the fabulous new cover shown below.
Sue is currently working on her second book See How They Lie which will be published in March 2017.
Many Congratulations Sue!
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We are thrilled to announce debut author Christina Collins has been offered a two-book deal by Kate Prosswimmer at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
ZERO, is a middle grade contemporary with a dash of magical realism about a girl who believes the answer to her problems lies in speaking zero words a day. Publication is set for 2018 and we would like to thank Allison Hellegers at Rights People for negotiating the deal.
Christina is currently studying for her PhD in creative writing on a full scholarship at Queen’s University Belfast. Christina’s stories and poems have appeared in over a dozen publications, including Jabberwock Review, Weave Magazine, and NonBinary Review. She holds an MFA in fiction from George Mason University, where she received full funding and an Honours Award.

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