Children's publisher Chicken House is opening submissions for finished or unfinished children's novels for a period of 24 hours, inviting selected writers to gain mentorship from its editors.
The "Open Coop" will take place on 20th September, and submissions of children’s and YA novels of all themes and subjects will be welcomed, suitable for ages seven and over, including YA fiction.
Its editorial team, which consists of Rachel Leyshon, Barry Cunningham and Kesia Lupo, will pick their favourite submissions to receive feedback and mentoring. The team has said Cunningham is always keen to receive pitches about animals, Leyshon is interested in stories about disability, and stories about anything written by authors with disabilities, while Lupo is on the look-out for YA horror, thriller and suspense, particularly if the author and characters are from underrepresented groups.
Writers selected during the last Open Coop include Alison Weatherby, author of The Secrets Act and Sabine Adeyinka, who wrote Jummy at the River School, both of whom went on to sign publishing contracts with Chicken House and are publishing in January 2022.