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  • Writer's pictureLeanne Coelho

Slush Pile

I've always followed but never entered the SCBWI's annual Slush Pile challenge. I'm constantly working on manuscripts and have around 5 stories on the go at any one time, but never seemed to have one ready for submission.

So, with some pride and a sense of relief, I finally managed to submit a story to the Slush Pile Challenge 2022!

This year's Slush Pile Challenge was set by Christabel McKinley, of David Higham Associates.

Leanne Coelho Slush Pile Challenge


“I’d like to set a challenge of writing on the theme of New World. I have a real yearning for adventure right now (probably from being cooped up so much over the last two years!) so would love a picture book text that shows the magic of discovering the world is bigger than you think. Feel free to interpret ‘world’ in a literal, metaphorical or figurative sense – I just want to feel the surprise and delight of discovery in it.

Read more here.

Looking forward to hearing the outcome of this year's entry, the winner will be announced on SCBWI BI Words and Pictures website on Sunday 6th March, and in the hope of getting a few more manuscripts finalised I've joined the 100 Day Challenge, setting myself the goal of getting three manuscripts submission-ready within 100 days.

You can read more about the 100 Day Project here.

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