Fiction Programme

The Golden Egg Academy offers a structured route to publication standard for talented writers for children. Our courses are run by industry experts and some of the top up-and-coming editorial talent in the UK.


Golden Egg Foundations helps writers improve their grasp of the three fundamental elements necessary for writing for children. Chosen applicants will learn new skills and hone their existing ones, applying the technique they learn to their own manuscripts over the year to draw out the promise in their stories.

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Work on Your Novel

You’ve completed Golden Egg Foundations. You’ve refined your concept. You’ve strengthened your through-line and your characters have focus and goals. Now you need some time to get your head down to work on your manuscript.

The Work on Your Novel year allows you to continue to meet one2one with a Golden Egg editor and to attend Nest Days with your fellow writers, receiving support, guidance, encouragement and inspiration – something all writers need at every stage of their journey!

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During Golden Egg Mentoring, you will work closely and intensively with a top industry editor. Keeping the child reader in mind, you will learn how to fine tune each component of your work-in-progress to ensure every layer of your novel is of the highest standard. You’ll also further develop ideas for your agent submission package.

At the end of the twelve months, if your mentor thinks you are ready, they will forward your manuscript to be assessed by Imogen Cooper. If it has reached the high standard required, you will be able to discuss submission options and your manuscript will be forwarded to Barry Cunningham at the Chicken House for our First Look Deal. 

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