Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

LONDON – What Agents & Editors Look For in a Submission

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Date(s) - 06/03/2018
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Lukin
4 Conway Street - London , W1T 6BB




Following the popularity and success of last year’s event, we are again offering SCBWI members a chance to receive 1-2-1 feedback from a leading industry agent or editor on a sample of their manuscript or a picture book.

The 15-minute 1-2-1 sessions will be followed by a panel session around “What Agents & Editors Look for in a Submission”, which is open to non members.

This year we are very happy to be working with top agents Thérèse Coen (Hardman & Swainson), Julia Churchill (A.M.Heath) and Felicity Trew (Caroline Sheldon) as well as leading editor Chloe Sackur (Andersen Press). For details please see the bios below.

A 1-2-1 feedback session costs £30, which includes the panel discussion. This is available to SCBWI members only. Members may attend the panel discussion without signing up for a 1-2-1 session at a cost of £8. Non members may attend the panel discussion at a cost of £12.

To submit either middle grade or YA work please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript and a short synopsis. Julia Churchill and Felicity Trew are also available to provide feedback sessions on picture books. When submitting for feedback on a picture book, please send the full manuscript. Submissions should be addressed to to be received NO LATER THAN February 7, 2018. When you register, please write to stating which industry professional you would like to read your work and if there are any times you are unable to attend. Sessions run in fifteen-minute slots between 4.30 to 7pm and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so we cannot guarantee that these preference can be met. We will write back with details of your allotted time slot and agent.


Born and raised in Belgium, on a diet of frites and Tintin, I moved to England in my late teens with my family, and then stayed in London to do a History degree and Masters at University College London. Having been brought up bilingual, speaking French and Dutch, then picking up German and obviously English later on, translation rights seemed like a very logical next step. My first job in publishing was just down the road at Bloomsbury Publishing on Bedford Square, where I started as an intern and left as Rights Executive. I later hopped across the square to work at Ed Victor ltd. where I was lucky enough to learn from one of the most renowned and experienced literary agents in the world, handling huge celebrity titles alongside Booker-prize winning authors.

I have been building my own list of authors alongside selling translation rights since early 2016, which is something I am very excited to be continuing to do at Hardman & Swainson. I have hugely enjoyed this other side of publishing, and working from authors right from the book’s conception, while also experiencing the thrill of selling my own authors’ works in the UK and US as well as in translation to publishers across the globe. I think it’s the perfect job!


Julia Churchill joined A.M.Heath in 2013 to run the children’s department. She’s always on the lookout for new writing talent, looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.




Talented, enthusiastic and energetic, Felicity Trew is keenly building up a list of children’s writers and illustrators at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. Clients she already represents include Joseph Coelho, Swapna Haddow, Sheena Dempsey, Sandra Dieckmann, Zehra Hicks and Yuval Zommer. Felicity has a particular love for quirky and imaginative children’s books. Dream projects to arrive on her desk would be: a spellbinding novel of our time, a bold UK teen voice to rival the likes of John Green and Holly Smale, an accessible, well-plotted (and don’t hold back on the funny!) middle grade book, and a picture book classic of the future à la The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Felicity is also on a mission to find extraordinary illustrators who capture the life of their characters and have a real love of story-telling at the heart of their artwork. Felicity was nominated one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2016.


Chloe Sackur is Commissioning Editor for Andersen Press, an independent publisher of children’s books. She began her career in adult non-fiction, before quickly making the leap to children’s fiction as an editorial assistant at Stripes Publishing. Chloe has been at Andersen for four years, in which time she has worked with award-winning and much-loved authors including Michael Rosen, Melvin Burgess, Tony Ross and Susin Nielsen. Chloe commissions and edits books for children aged from 5 years old up to young adults. She looks for an original storytelling voice, imagination and humour, and most of all, passion.


1-2-1 sessions run between 4.30 and 7pm

Panel discussion runs from 7.30 to 9pm

Cost:        £30 for 1-2-1 plus panel discussion. SCBWI members only.

                  £8 to attend panel discussion only – SCBWI members.

                  £12 to attend panel discussion only – non members.