The Golden Egg Academy

A foot in the door

Golden Egg offers editorial support, workshops, online classes and manuscript reports from experienced children’s publishing professionals together with the chance to join our community of writers and industry contacts.

We cater for writers who wish to submit their work to agents and publishers. Golden Egg works closely with Barry Cunningham at The Chicken House and, through our well connected and highly experienced editors, we also have strong links with a number of other publishing houses such as Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Nosy Crow, Hot Key, David Fickling Books and Andersen Press, as well as with literary agents such as Ben Illis, Kirsty McLachlan, Kate Shaw and Amber Caraveo and Joanna Moult from Skylark Literary.

More About Us

 Quarto Translation/Golden Egg Academy Diversity AwardGolden egg awards

The Golden Egg Academy and Quarto pride ourselves on our ethical approach to business and to publishing. Our aim always is to encourage diversity in books and publishing in general. Therefore the Quarto Translation/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Awards are aimed at encouraging diverse writers, diverse stories and those aspiring to be editors, as well as providing opportunities for writers who would not normally be able to benefit from the expertise at GEA. The awards will be for writers of talent whose work is likely to reach publishable standard, for the ultimate aim is to enable children to see themselves in the literature they are reading and meet published writers that they might wish to emulate. For more details and information on how to apply, click here.

First Look Deals

Golden Egg has a First Look Deal with Barry Cunningham at The Chicken House for Middle Grade, Teen and Young Adult stories and with Klaus Flugge at Andersen Press for picture books.

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Mother Goose

We are a team of experienced children’s publishing professionals providing an holistic approach to writing for children through traditional structural editing, creative support, industry-led direction and networking opportunities. Why not join us? Together we can create the great children’s stories of the future.

Imogen Cooper, Founder and Managing Director, The Golden Egg Academy

Golden Egg really helps crack open the potential in promising writing for children. The sessions stimulate, challenge and help craft ideas using techniques that really make a difference.

Barry Cunningham OBE, Publisher and MD, The Chicken House
Cropped Kate

Golden Egg Academy offers editorial sessions from some of the best in the business and it does much more than that as well: it provides a unique environment in which authors can feel nurtured, inspired and supported.

Kate Shaw, Literary Agent, The Viney Agency

Encouraging, nurturing, teaching, mentoring and gently teasing out a writer's true potential, the truly inspiring, extremely able and highly approachable minds behind The GEA combine to provide genuine results.

Ben Illis, Literary Agent, The BIA
MGLeonard Book

I might never have been published if it wasn’t for the support and expertise of The Golden Egg Academy.

M. G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, winner of the Branford Boase Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Prize, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, sold to 36 territories
James Nicol

Golden Egg offers fledgling writers everything they need to write great stories along with the vital community and support all writers need as they set out to be published.

James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch, WHSmith and Asda chart, longlisted for the Branford Boase Prize, reviewed in The New York Times, sold to 10 territories including the USA

Coming Up

Mar 10 th 2018

Show, Don’t Tell

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Imogen Cooper and Dr Vanessa Harbour

Apr 14 th 2018

Enchant Your Audience

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: with workshop leader and Mentor, Tessa Strickland

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Tessa Strickland

May 12 th 2018

The Spine and the Heart

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Emma Greenwood