Applications are open for Children’s Fiction 1-2-1 feedback from literary agent Becky Bagnell


Spread the Word is accepting submissions of Children’s Fiction for a maximum of 6 short feedback sessions from the Becky Bagnell, agent at the Lindsay Literary Agency. 

Becky Bagnell is offering to provide short feedback sessions by phone or video call on up to 6 submissions from writers from under-represented backgrounds based in the UK.  

She is looking for: Anything laugh-out-loud funny, particularly middle-grade or teen fiction. A love story like Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but for a YA audience.  You can visit her website here:

We define writers from backgrounds under-represented in publishing as those who:   

  • From a lower socio-economic background as defined by the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion guidance  

  • Have experienced a lack of academic and/or vocational training opportunities – i.e. have not been able to study/train to their full potential due to low income, ill health, being a carer etc.  

  • Are or have been a carer  

  • Have experienced homelessness  

  • Are a single parent  

  • Have a disability  

  • Are a writer of colour 

  • Are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community  

How to apply   

Please note this opportunity is only open to unpublished and un-agented writers based in the UK. Apply via Submittable. Only one entry per applicant will be accepted. If you are a writer who has received feedback via a Spread the Word opportunity this year from Scribe or from Curtis Brown / C & W Agency you are not eligible for this opportunity. 

The link to apply is here: 

To apply you will need to upload 3 documents: 

  • A covering letter of 1-2 pages that includes: A little information about yourself and your motivations for your project, how you meet the criteria for this opportunity and a summary of your writing endeavours to date (e.g. Have you taken part in writing development opportunities? Have you mainly been writing on your own at home?) 

  • A one-page synopsis 

  • An extract from your Children’s Fiction project (2,000 words maximum) 

If you are a disabled writer, there is the option to submit visual or audio submissions. Please get in touch (e-mail below) if you need any support with this.

Becky will be giving feedback on the documents that you submit. 


  • Submissions will open at midday on Wednesday 15 September 2021. 
  • The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Thursday 14 October 2021.  
  • Applicants will know the outcome of their submission by Monday 15 November 2021, and successful applicants will receive their feedback before the end of December 2021.

If you have any queries about your application or this opportunity, please get in touch with [email protected]  

About Becky Bagnell 

Becky Bagnell is the founder of the Lindsay Literary Agency and has been in publishing for over 25 years. She worked as a commissioning editor at Macmillan before becoming a literary agent in 2008. Becky’s clients have been published in multiple languages across the world and include the multi-award winning author, Pamela Butchart, Sue Wallman, Sam Gayton, Larry Hayes and J. M. Joseph.  

Published 15 September 2021