Seevic lecturer wins coveted competition for undiscovered authors

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Media Lecturer Susan Sandercock, winner of the Undiscovered Voices competition for children’s writersA Media Lecturer at Seevic College has beaten over 200 entrants across Europe to be a winner of a prestigious competition for novelists and illustrators.

Susan Sandercock is one of twelve winning writers in the Undiscovered Voices competition, an initiative by the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

The competition provides writers and artists for children and teenagers with the opportunity to break into a competitive industry by including a sample of their work in an anthology, which is distributed to agents and publishers.  

From the three previous anthologies, 24 of the 36 selected authors have received publishing contracts for more than 70 books. Winners are also invited to an exclusive ‘Getting Discovered’ workshop and a networking party.

Susan said: “I’ve been writing novels since I was a teenager, so to be one step closer to my dream of publication fills me with euphoria.”

“To be one step closer to my dream of publication fills me with euphoria.”
Susan Sandercock

In Susan’s teen novel, Southend Loaded, 16-year-old Petra is drawn into the murky underworld of the Essex drugs scene when she’s blackmailed into paying off a psychopath’s drugs debts by her ex-boyfriend, Dylan.

“I wanted to write a gritty, realistic and dark thriller that teenagers can relate to, that has them turning the pages as quickly as possible,” Susan added.

Susan teaches on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and on the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Radio and Print Journalism at Seevic College.

She has worked as a journalist and editorial assistant and in 2009 her short story, ‘Sea Canaries’, was included in Tony Bradman’s acclaimed anthology, Under the Weather, published by Frances Lincoln.

Susan has the following advice to offer students who wish to break into the creative industries:

“The most important thing is to work hard. Gain qualifications in your chosen field and take on work experience. Turn rejections into a positive experience by using the feedback to improve your work. Always search for opportunities to get your work in front of as many people as possible to raise your profile – competitions are a great way of doing this.”

Seevic College is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 4 February, 5.30 – 8pm. Individuals can find out more and pre-book in advance by clicking the link above.

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