Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual Agents’ Party 2021

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Date(s) - 16/09/2021 - 14/10/2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Virtual Agents’ Party

Tickets for the Virtual Agents’ Party are now on sale! A limited number of fully funded tickets are available.


What are children’s literary agents looking for and how do you submit your work to them? Join SCBWI British Isles for a series of four hour-long agents’ panels for fiction writers. Sessions will be held via Zoom from 8 to 9 pm on the following days:


Thursday 16 September

Thursday 23 September

Thursday 7 October

Thursday 14 October

from 8 – 9 p.m.


Location: Online via Zoom (Attendees will be emailed a link that will connect them to the Zoom webinar.)


Cost: £20 for all four sessions. (Members must buy the series.) A recording of the event will be available afterwards for two weeks only for those who have signed up for the event.


Featured Speakers for Each Event

Thursday 16 September  Christabel McKinley, David Higham Associates

Ben Illis – BIA

Lucy Irvine, Peters Fraser Dunlop

Thursday 23 September  Gemma Cooper – The Bent Agency

Lydia Silver – Darley Anderson Literary

Thursday 7 October  Amber Caraveo – Skylark Literary

Rachel Hamilton – BIA

Thursday 14 October  Felicity Trew – Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency

Becky Bagnell – Lindsay Literary Agency 

 This event is always very popular, so although we have increased capacity this year we advise you to get your ticket early.
*A limited number of fully funded places are available for:
SCBWI BI members who have financial need – apply here:
SCBWI BI members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse or working class – apply here:
Non-members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse or working class – apply here:
The event is designed for those writing chapter books and middle grade / YA novels. (The agents won’t address the representation needs of illustrators or picture books.) The panel discussion will start with 30 minutes of Q&A between our host Sara Grant and the agents.
The final 30 minutes of the event will be live critiques of up to five pre-selected pitch packets, which will consist of a 200-word pitch and the first (no more than 250-word) opening paragraphs. The selected pitch packets will be shared on screen and critiqued by the agents. The author’s name will be withheld.
If you’d like your work to be critiqued during one of the events, you will need to submit a 200-word pitch and the first 250 words of your novel after purchasing your ticket and before midnight on 1st July. Only writers who sign up for the series can submit a pitch for consideration.
Please submit your pitch and first 250 words via this form:
A team of editors will review all the submissions and select a mix of pitch packets – stories from different genres and for a variety of age ranges – for each event.
For some tips on how to pitch your work, click here.
Start sharpening your pitches and join us!

*We recognise all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalisation.



This event is fully booked.