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Beatrice Davis Fellowship winner off to the Big Apple

Posted on: 09 February 2014

Susannah Chambers, winner of the 2013–14 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, departed Australia on 2 February, heading from 40-degree Melbourne to the minus-20 degree ‘polar vortex’ in New York.

Susannah is a Senior Editor of books for children and teenagers at Allen & Unwin, where she works on an internationally acclaimed list of original and innovative Young Adult fiction, picture books and graphic novels.

Susannah reports that – after buying a winter coat – she will begin her fellowship by interviewing some prominent Young Adult literary agents, to get an overview of the New York Young Adult editing and publishing scene as a whole. Armed with that broad view, she’ll plunge into her longer placements at Little, Brown and Knopf/Random House.

Her program also includes a raft of shorter interviews with authors and editors, attendance at the New York City Teen Author Festival and visits to some of the smaller independent publishers in the Big Apple. So, says Susannah, she will be ‘happily busy’ until she returns in May. In the meantime, interested parties can stay in touch with her activities at www.susannahandbeatrice.com.

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The Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship is named after the distinguished Australian literary editor and honours her contribution to Australian letters.

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Publishers Association and a range of publishers and industry bodies, including IPEd.

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