In May 2022, Guppy Books opened its portholes for unpublished and unagented young adult writers – and we had an amazing response! With around 220 entries, it was exhilarating to see the talent and creativity demonstrated. We have managed, with difficulty, to whittle down the entries to a longlist of 24, as listed below.
Thank you so much for sending in your entry for Guppy’s open submission window. I was so impressed with the standard of writing, the original ideas and the incredible energy that went into all the submissions. It was a hard task to choose the longlist, and it’ll be harder still to choose the shortlist. I’d also like to say thank you to six graduates of Oxford Brookes who provided some invaluable help.
Huge congratulations to those who made the longlist! You will hear more about the next stages individually by email.
For those who didn’t make it: during my career, I have said no to SO many books that have gone on to do great things; so if you don’t find yourself on this list I hope you don’t feel too disappointed. It was a pleasure to read all the submissions; the standard of writing this year was particularly high, and I was really impressed with the level and commitment to writing for young adults. If you didn’t get through, please take heart – there were so many that very nearly did and it was a tough choice.
Thank you again for your participation.
With all best wishes
GUPPY OPEN SUBMISSION LONGLIST 2022
In no particular order:
Sorrel Shamel-Wood OFF TRACK
Aerin Apeltun TWELVE COFFINS, SEVEN LILIES
Hazel Compton THE DROWNING TOWN
Charlotte Teeple-Salas CHIMERA MOON
Jo Baker CITY OF DARK INK
Sammy Chen AND ALL SIMILAR THINGS
J L Bleakley EVERMIST
A D Stuart FIRST LOVE CAN BE MURDER
Lou Renn CLICK
Rebecca Perkin HALF UNDONE
Catharine Johnson SACRIFICE
Jonathan Sellars THINGS HARRY OLIVER KNOWS
Ellen Haggan THE WATCHERS
Bibi Anisah Mohamoodally NO ORDINARY GIRL
Olivia Collard NOT WITH A BANG
Tasmia Tahia UP, RISING
Mel Green Controllers
Julie Farrell We are Fractals
Hannah Ekekwe Gum
Monique Turner The Island of Influencers
Jo Howard Legal Walls
Andrea Hutchinson One in Fire
Charlotte Comley, Pooka