Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual Agents’ Party 2020

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Date(s) - 21/09/2020 - 12/10/2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Virtual Agents’ Party

Tickets for the Virtual Agents’ Party have now sold out! A limited number of fully funded tickets are still available.

A limited number of fully funded tickets are available for writers
under-represented in children’s publishing, including:
   – SCBWI British Isles members who have financial need
   – SCBWI British Isles members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled
   or working class
   – And* non-members* who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled or working

To apply for one of the fully funded spaces please follow this link.


The info and interaction of the agents’ party without the need for face masks or social distancing!



Monday 21 September

Monday 28 September

Monday 5 October

Monday 12 October

from 8 – 9 p.m.


Location: Online via Zoom (Attendees will be emailed a link on the day of each event that will connect them to the Zoom meeting.)


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

Monday 21 September  Therese Coen of Hardman and Swainson Literary and Gillie Russell of Found Talent Management Agency
Monday 28 September  Zoë Plant, The Bent Agency
Polly Nolan, PaperCuts Ltd
Monday 5 October  Catherine Pellegrino, Marjacq
Emily Talbot, United Agents
Monday 12 October  Rachel Mann, Jo Unwin Literary Agency
Amy St Johnson, Aitken Alexander Associates
Anne Clarke, Anne Clarke Literary Agency


About the Series

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 consist of 30 minutes of Q&A, moderated by Sara Grant.


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 when you purchase or apply for your ticket.  Only people who have signed up can submit. Use this google form to send in your pitch, which must be done by the 1st of September.


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.


If you would like further information on applying for one of the fully funded spaces on this event please follow the link below.


This event is fully booked.