Six of our eight first-year interns have now published a piece! Piece seven is with an editor who likes it and is seeing if it’s a fit for her next issue, and piece eight is on sub – so fingers crossed for a clean sweep in due course!
Each first-year worked with a second-year peer-mentor to discuss everything from concept to first drafts, then peer-mentors did at least two rounds of edits to polish everything up, so big thanks and congrats to them for all the guidance that made this success possibly!
Lucy Deacon talks about how YA encouraged her to get politically engaged for the YA Book Prize. Peer mentor: Elinor Clark
Alice Caldecott makes the case for using comics in the classroom on The Bookseller blog. Peer mentor: Ella Whiddett
Annika Suomi talks about the problems with the recent TV series based on 13 Reasons Why. Peer mentor: Matthias Asiedu-Yeboa
Victoria Ellis talks about the disappearing line between fantasy and reality. Peer mentor: Marwa Najah
Stephanie Williamson asks whether religion is now taboo in children’s fiction on The Bookseller blog. Peer mentor: Rachel Lee
Tia Armstrong talks about the urgent need for diverse YA for the YA Book Prize. Peer mentor: Hadiyah Khan
Charlotte Wilson outlines how publishers could attract new readers to YA on The Bookseller blog. Peer mentor: Aurelija Zubaviciute, with help from author Carlie Sorosiak
Hugest thanks to Sarah Shaffi, Caroline Carpenter and Olly Meakings for their support for our interns, and all their feedback and kindness.