Authors

Kelly and Zoey Allen
(Our Transitional Life)

Ryan Crawford

Niyla Farook

Gavin Gray


Ravena Guron

Richard Mercado

Samuel Pollen

Ryan Robinson


Elizabeth Rounding

Jessica Russak-Hoffman

Chitra Soundar



Kelly and Zoey Allen

Kelly and Zoey Allen are a wife and wife duo living in Cardiff, South Wales with their two home educated children, and lovely labradoodle. They run a blog focusing on LGBTQ issues, family life, and tackling the world as a transgender family. They run a small handmade polymer clay jewellery business, with 20% of Pride profits going to LGBTQ charities.

Zoey is also a singer/songwriter, whilst Kelly spends her spare time with her head buried in a good book!

Their debut picture book, This Is My Momma Zo, will be on submission in September 2020.

Zoey and Kelly's pronouns are she/her.


Ryan Crawford


Ryan Crawford is an author, husband, father and all-round creative living in London. After breaking into publishing through Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, Ryan is always on the lookout for new ways to get creative. He is dedicated to telling stories that capture the imagination as well as reinforcing themes like family, friendship and diversity.



More of his work can be found on his website.

Ryan's debut picture book, What Can We Be, illustrated by Kayla Coombs, will be on submission in September 2020.

Ryan's pronouns are he/him.


Niyla Farook


Niyla Farook was born and raised in a city in West Yorkshire although, to her dismay, it’s nowhere near the actual Shire. Her inability to locate The Shire is most definitely the reason for her imagination. When she’s not writing, she works as a pharmacy professional and enjoys reading, gaming and watching an unhealthy number of movies.

Niyla's debut YA fantasy, Dethronement, will be on submission in early 2021.

Niyla's pronouns are she/her.


Gavin Gray

Gavin Gray started off in publishing as a lexicographer (that’s right, he edited dictionaries – and he enjoyed it!) before following his geeky side to move into software. A constant daydreamer, when Gavin’s not writing stories, he’s probably acting out games of make-believe with his daughter, watching something on Netflix with his wife or playing video games late at night when he finally has the TV to himself.

Gavin’s debut YA novel, And Then They Drowned, will be on submission in late 2020.

Gavin’s pronouns are he/him.


Ravena Guron

Ravena Guron was born in London, went to school in London, went to university in London and now works in (checks notes) London. She has a degree in Biochemistry but soon realised life in a lab was not for her, and is now a trainee lawyer turned author.

Ravena writes MG and YA, and loves creating big worlds and adventures with lots of twists and bags of fun. In her spare time, she loves reading (of course), and falling asleep to her thousandth re-watch of Friends.

Ravena’s MG debut, StarDrinker, was shortlisted for the 2020 Faber FAB Prize and will be on submission in January 2021.

Ravena’s pronouns are she/her.


Richard Mercado

Richard Mercado is an illustrator and comic artist from the Philippines, currently based in Savannah, Georgia. His recent graphic novel, Nang Mainlove Ako Sa Isang Sakristan (That Time I fell in Love with an Altar Boy) is published by Silaw Publishing. He has worked as an assistant editor for the Kommunity Anthology.

He has published works for publications such as CNN Philippines, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, and TEAM Magazine. He has exhibited in Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's Tinker Tales.

He graduated BFA Information Design in Ateneo de Manila University in 2017. He is currently taking an MFA in Sequential Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Richard's next graphic novel, Alienated, will be on submission in September 2020. See his artwork here.

Richard's pronouns are he/him.


Samuel Pollen

Samuel grew up in Cheshire and now lives in London. He’s a writer, runner, crocheter and serial dog-botherer who recently ran the London Marathon for the first time, completing it in under three and a half hours. He works as a copywriter and in his spare time photographs his fiancée’s cookery creations, and writes teen and YA novels.

His debut book for young readers, The Year I Didn’t Eat, was published in 2019 by Little Bee (US) and Zuntold (UK). It was chosen by The Guardian and The Telegraph as one of the best books of 2019, and won the 2020 Lancashire Book of the Year award – one of the few children’s book prizes judged entirely by young people.

Samuel's pronouns are he/him.

Lancashire Book of the Year 2020

“Pollen writes from the inside about anorexia, effectively communicating the feelings, obsessions, and difficulties Max experiences and making it clear that it is an equal-opportunity disorder. Readers will appreciate the raw and real portrayal of anorexia from a group often left out of the conversation.” Kirkus starred review

“Max is a thoughtful, appealing narrator to whom readers will relate, and his story brings attention to an illness most commonly associated with girls and older teens or adults. This no-holds-barred, debut novel based on the author’s own experiences as a tween will be a significant addition to any library’s middle-grade or teen collection.” Booklist starred review

“A super engaging novel about a boy with anorexia. I stormed through it.” Alice Oseman, author of Loveless

“Sensitive and heartfelt from the first sentence.” Lara Williamson, author of Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy


Ryan Robinson

Ryan is an author-illustrator who has been working as a Creative at Cartoon Network for nearly 10 years. He loves creating fun worlds and vibrant characters, and writes MG which he also illustrates.

Ryan lives in London with his wife, moody cat and lovely son.

Ryan's pronouns are he/him.


Elizabeth Rounding

Elizabeth Rounding grew up in rural East Yorkshire and, because nothing ever happens there, quickly developed a love of reading and writing stories. She has a degree in Modern Languages and Politics, and a Masters in Intercultural Studies. She uses her passion for people and cultures every day in her work as a university study abroad officer. She currently lives in the West Yorkshire countryside, right next to the Yorkshire Moors and Brontë Country. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth can usually be found walking along the canal or curled up with a good book.

Elizabeth is working on a contemporary YA thriller, due for submission in October 2020.

Elizabeth's pronouns are she/her.


Jessica Russak-Hoffman

Jessica Russak-Hoffman is a Jewish writer from Seattle. She graduated Stern College for Women with a degree in English literature, which she has used as an English teacher and Kveller writer, but mostly just uses it to enjoy SparkNotes memes. When Jessica is not listening to folk music and tweeting about Jewish life, she is co-hosting the Kiddush Book Club podcast and working on her dark-but-upbeat young adult and magical middle grade novels. She currently lives in her Pacific Northwest hometown with her husband and three children.

Jessica's YA debut, And All The Girls Went Out, will be on submission in September 2020.

Jessica's pronouns are she/her.


Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is a writer and dreamer of many things. As well as writing books, Chitra is a speaker, oral storyteller and toe-dipper in writing for the small screen. Her stories are inspired by her close-knit family, her growing up in India filled with epics and folktales, play-acting and her travels around the world. Chitra has performed in literary festivals across the UK, US and around the world, telling stories and introducing the magic of writing stories to children everywhere.

Chitra’s pronouns are she/her.


Illustrators


Katie Cottle

Katie Cottle is a freelance illustrator and picture-book-maker based in Bristol. Originally from Swansea, Katie graduated from the Illustration course at the University of the West of England in 2017. She enjoys telling stories through drawing, and uses a variety of media, including a mix of traditional and digital techniques. She won first place in the 2017 Batsford Prize Children’s Book Illustration Award, and has been ‘highly commended’ for the previous three years for the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. She particularly enjoys using bright colours and drawing grumpy faces.

Her debut picture book The Green Giant was published in 2019 with Pavilion Books, and The Blue Giant followed in 2020. More of her work can be seen on her website.

Available for picture books and covers.

Katie's pronouns are she/her.


Sandhya Prabhat

Sandhya Prabhat is an independent animator and illustrator from Chennai, working out of California, USA. Prabhat is an independent animator and illustrator from Chennai, working out of California, USA. She has illustrated children’s books, as well as animating for TV and movies, and designing for social media platforms. Her clients include Penguin Random House India, HarperCollins India, Candlewick and Lantana Publishing.

More of her work can be seen on her website and Instagram.

Available for picture books, covers and black & white line work starting in 2021.

Sandhya's pronouns are she/her.


Kayla Coombs

Kayla Coombs is an artist and storyteller based in Melbourne, Australia. Her lifelong passion for picture books and cartoons is infectious – you just can’t escape the unbridled joy of her characters. Beginning as a self-taught artist, her work has now spread smiles across millions of faces with features by People Magazine, TIME Magazine, Buzzfeed and the Kelly Clarkson Show. In 2020 she was nominated for a Webby People’s Voice Award for her work on feel-good story of the year, the Sleeping Beauty Proposal. She is passionate about telling stories of diversity, empowerment and inclusivity, and strives to bring out the inner child in all of us.

See more of her work on her website and Instagram.

Kayla's debut picture book, What Can We Be, written by Ryan Crawford, will be on submission in September 2020.

Available for picture books, graphic novels and covers.

Kayla's pronouns are she/her.


Louise Warwick

Louise is a collage based illustrator who also enjoys observational drawing. She has a BA in Illustration and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration, and was shortlisted for the Batsford Prize in 2017. She uses a combination of traditional collage and digital editing to make my illustrations. She also draws from life and keeps observational sketchbooks which can be seen on her website.

Available for picture books and covers.

Louise's pronouns are she/her.


Lucy Farfort

Lucy Farfort is an illustrator and writer of Caribbean and English heritage, passionate about diversity in children’s publishing. In 2017 Lucy was awarded first prize for illustration, in Faber Children’s inaugural FAB Prize competition. Her illustrations were also selected for publication in the 2019 CLPE Reflecting Realities report.

Lucy's debut, Afraid of the Dark, publishes with Little Tiger Press in October 2020. She is currently working on a writing commission from Faber Children's and illustrating a second book for Little Tiger's Our Town series. More of her work can be seen on her website.

Available for picture books, covers and black & white line work.

Lucy's pronouns are she/her.


Poonam Mistry

Poonam Mistry is a freelance illustrator living in the UK and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire. Her style incorporates her love of nature and her Indian roots and explores the relationships between pattern, shapes and colour. Poonam’s upbringing and childhood have heavily influenced her work, in particular being surrounded by Indian fabrics, paintings and ornaments. She loves folklore tales and stories of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and these have been a rich source of inspiration in a number of her illustrations.


Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 and 2020.

Available for picture books and covers.

Poonam's pronouns are she/her.


Harry Woodgate

Harry Woodgate is an award-winning illustrator, who was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards 2019 and the Folio Society Book Illustration Competition 2018 and 2019. Their illustration practice combines the rich textures of collage and print processes with digital imagery, resulting in innovative and eye-catching outcomes. They love making work which explores psychology, LGBT and queer identities, and how we can protect our natural world.

Harry's debut picture book, Grandad's Camper, will be published by Andersen Press (UK) and Little Bee Books (US) in May 2021. More of their work can be seen on their website and Instagram.

Available for picture books, covers and black & white line work.

Harry's pronouns are they/them.


Kameron White

Kameron White is a comic artist, illustrator, and designer who works with traditional and digital mediums, including ink, pencil, watercolor, and digital formats. Growing up, he didn't see many characters like himself in terms of race, gender, sexuality, experience, or body type. In Kameron's body of work, he wants to include as much diversity as he can. He also aims to document his own personal stories, by illustrating comics going through his personal journeys as a Trans man of color. With his stories, he hopes to inspire and help other people who might relate and know that there is someone who has been there too.

Recently he illustrated a story included in Proud published by Stripes which was recently nominated for Book of The Year in the 2020 Visionary Honours awards.

Continuing on, he still aims to both illustrate and tell stories that can uplift and help people, and especially feature people and characters like themselves that they can look up to. Whether a realistic or fantasy story, the characters Kameron includes will be a variety of people, that definitely reflect the world we live in today.

More of Kameron's work can be seen on his website and Instagram.

Available for black & white line work and graphic novels.

Kameron's pronouns are he/him.


Marian Sloane

Marian is a children's illustrator and graphic artist with a love for creating work on themes of friendship, found family and LGBTQ+ characters. She works digitally and likes adding as many plants as possible.

More of her work can be seen on her website and Instagram.

Available for black & white line work and graphic novels.

Marian's pronouns are she/her.


Naomi Romero

Naomi Romero is Mexican and Puerto Rican character designer and illustrator for animation and children’s literature. They have worked for companies like Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Illumination, Hasbro, Spin Master, Facebook, and many more.

Naomi loves animals and the use of color colors and shapes in their work in order to tell a story. Their background in character design means they take special attention to silhouettes. As a dog lover, it is clear what their favorite subject to draw but loves drawing any creature in any variety. Naomi also has a soft spot for tackling stories involving mental illnesses, creating their own characters called Anxiety Fox and Friends to help them cope through the beauty of art.

More of Naomi's work can be seen on their website and Instagram.

Available for picture books, covers, graphic novels and illustrated fiction.

Naomi's pronouns are they/them.


Richard Mercado

Richard Mercado is an illustrator and comic artist from the Philippines, currently based in Savannah, Georgia. His recent graphic novel, Nang Mainlove Ako Sa Isang Sakristan (That Time I fell in Love with an Altar Boy) is published by Silaw Publishing. He has worked as an assistant editor for the Kommunity Anthology.

He has published works for publications such as CNN Philippines, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, and TEAM Magazine. He has exhibited in Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's Tinker Tales.

He graduated BFA Information Design in Ateneo de Manila University in 2017. He is currently taking an MFA in Sequential Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Available for graphic novels.

Richard's pronouns are he/him.


Megan McKay

Megan McKay is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Austin, TX. She's currently working on her first graphic novel, which depicts the origin story of the dog adventuring group from her online comic series, The Good Boye Guild which can be seen on her Instagram.

Available for graphic novels.

Megan's pronouns are she/her.


Zhi Ling Lee

Zhi Ling Lee is a Malaysian-born illustrator who now calls London home. She loves telling stories through richly-textured illustrations that invoke curiosity and wonder.

With a background in software engineering, she brings a unique perspective to her creative projects – a duality wherein whimsical and playful illustrations are anchored on thoughtful concepts and solid design principles.

Zhi Ling was shortlisted in the 2020 Faber Andlyn FAB Prize. An avid reader since childhood, she is excited to explore the realm of children’s literature as a visual storyteller.

More of her work can be seen on Instagram and her website.

Zhi Ling's pronouns are she/her.


Jess McGeachin

Jess is an Author and Illustrator based in Melbourne. Constantly inspired by the natural world, he loves crafting stories full of hidden details that the reader can keep finding well after the first look.

His debut picture book, Fly, is published by Penguin Random House and has been shortlisted for the 2019 World Illustration awards, 2020 Queensland Literary Awards and the 2020 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. It has been translated into Turkish and will publish in the US with Philomel books in April 2021.

A second picture book, The Lost Library, published in September 2020, along with his debut board book, Colin Collects Colours with Little Bee Books.

More of his work can be seen on his website and Instagram.

Available for picture books and covers.


Jess’s pronouns are he/him.


Submissions

We are actively seeking creators working across picture books through to Young Adult, including graphic novels.

For picture books we look for something fresh, a little quirky and definitely fun. We like to see texts tackling subjects in a new way, and teaching the reader without them realising they're learning. Some recent favourites include Look Up by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, Hair Love by Matthew Cherry and Vashti Harrison, and Oi Puppies! by Kes Gray and Jim Field.

In Middle Grade we are looking for magical realism and adventures both contemporary and fantastical, with a standout voice and unforgettable characters. Some recent favourites include The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski, Bloom by Nicola Skinner, and Frostheart by Jamie Littler.

In Young Adult we are looking for delightful rom-coms, road trips and high school drama, along with the first year of college and subverted tropes. Quite specifically, if your book has a similar vibe to Taylor Swift's Folklore, we would love to see it. Some recent YA favourites include American Royals by Katharine McGee, Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, and You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson.

In graphic novels across all ages, we are look for the fun, the surreal and the serious. We love fantasy, contemporary and magical realism, and are happy looking at script samples or full pitches with art. Some recent favourites include Spinning by Tillie Walden, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and Stargazing by Jen Wang, along with the work of Joe Todd-Stanton.

We are not a great fit for chapter books or sci-fi, and are very selective with the fantasy we take on. We are also not a great fit for horror or talking animals. In picture books we are more actively seeking author/illustrators at this time.

For all submissions please email submissions@ashliterary.com. Submissions sent to other email addresses will not be read.

To submit novels: Please email your first three chapters and a detailed synopsis as separate attachments, along with your covering letter with a little information about yourself.

To submit picture books: Please email a maximum of four texts as separate attachments, along with your covering letter with a little information about yourself. If you are also the illustrator, please include some rough or finished spreads for at least one of the texts. If you are not the illustrator, there's no pressure to include illustrations at this stage.

To submit graphic novels: Please email a script sample and detailed outline as separate attachments, along with your covering letter with a little information about yourself. If you are also the artist, we'd love to see some of the artwork as well. If you're not the artist, there's no pressure to include art at this stage.

To submit illustration portfolios: Please email your portfolio as an attachment or a link to your website, along with your covering letter with a little information about yourself. Do note we do not accept download links, but are happy to look at websites and Instagram pages.

ASH Literary is a Children's & YA focused agency set up in 2020 by Alice Sutherland-Hawes. Alice has been agenting for six years, most recently at Madeleine Milburn Agency and before that with Hilary Delamere at The Agency (London) Ltd. She has so far launched the careers of Namina Forna, Kereen Getten and Poonam Mistry, to name a few, and works with all the major publishers including Penguin Random House, Usborne, Abrams, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.


ASH Literary works directly in the UK, US and ANZ, and is represented in translation territories by ILA. For dramatisation rights we work closely with producers and executives in film and TV to ensure the best match for each individual book.

For more information on available rights in our books, please email info@ashliterary.com