Patrice Lawrence is the patron of All Stories. She is an award-winning writer for children, teenagers and adults. Her books include Orangeboy (shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and winner of the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction), Indigo Donut (winner of Bristol Crimefest YA Prize and shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize), Rose, Interrupted and Eight Pieces of Silva (Winner of Woman and Home Teen YA). All four books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award. She was a 2020 Costa Book Awards judge and is a judge for the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for Radical Fiction. Patrice is very proud to be the patron of All Stories, and you can find her video with submission tips here.
Arts Council England
All Stories is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, who are the national development agency for creativity and culture. They have set out their strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each person is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. Arts Council England invest public money from government and the National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.
All Stories is part-sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. ALCS make sure writers receive the money they’re entitled to when someone copies or uses their work, such as photocopies, cable retransmission, digital reproduction and educational recording. They’re a not-for-profit organisation, with over 110,000 members. ALCS collect money from all over the world and have paid a total of £500 million to their members to date. They also campaign and lobby on matters important to writers to ensure writers’ rights are recognised and rewarded.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is generously donating a year’s membership to each All Stories mentee. The SCBWI is the only international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers, the SCBWI is a non-profit with over 22,000 members in around 80 regions around the world. The British Isles region offers professional development, networking and marketing opportunities, events, retreats, conferences, critique groups, awards, competitions, and numerous publications. This vibrant community supports writers and illustrators at all stages of their career. Whether you are published, self-published or new to your craft, SCBWI has something for you.