Alice Sutherland-Hawes: What I’m Looking For


Actively looking for: Middle Grade for 9-12 (standalone and with series potential); tween stories to fit between MG and YA; quirky picture book illustrators; non-rhyming picture book texts; brilliant world-building; diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres.



Alongside my role as Rights Agent, I am also growing a Children’s, YA and picture book list. I’m looking for talent across all ages, from picture books to Young Adult, and am particularly keen to find new voices for readers aged 10-13.


Voice and world are what I look for in submissions. I’d love to see a brilliant, funny middle-grade adventure within any setting and am particularly keen to see books in a similar vein to Louise Rennison’s series, the ARTEMIS FOWL series and Karen McCombie’s ALLY’S WORLD series. I’d also love to see clever magic in middle-grade (ages 9-12) and teen (ages 13+), as well as strong friendships.


For young adult I’m looking for contemporary settings, preferably standalone, and not necessarily issue-led. I would love to find the next DUMPLIN’ and an anti-hero, and I’m particularly keen to see strong young women from all walks of life.


I’m only looking for author/illustrators, not just picture book texts. I’d love to see quirky illustrations across all mediums for ages 3+ as well as middle-grade.


Across all ages I’m looking for diverse and marginalised authors and illustrators. I’d love to see diverse stories across all genres including fantasy, romance and dystopia.


Ten of my favourite children’s and YA books



PIG HEART BOY by Malorie Blackman

ARTEMIS FOWL series by Eoin Colfer

THE EDGE CHRONICLES by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

WOLF WILDER by Katherine Rundell

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

AM I NORMAL YET by Holly Bourne

LICCLE BIT by Alex Wheatle

BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer


Ten of my favourite picture books / illustrators

IT’S A BOOK by Lane Smith

HOW TO HIDE A LION by Helen Stephens

THE BEAR AND THE PIANO by David Litchfield

STUCK by Oliver Jeffers

RAIN by Sam Usher

SMELLY LOUIE by Catherine Rayner

THE KING OF SPACE by Jonny Duddle

Emily Gravett

Sarah Warburton

Chris Riddell