Isobel Akenhead

isoIsobel Akenhead has worked in publishing for nearly 12 years – first as an editor of bestselling women’s fiction and romantic comedy at Hodder & Stoughton; subsequently in digital sales at Hachette, and now as the store merchandiser for Kobo in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.




Anna Baggaley

annaAnna Baggaley has been at Harlequin UK for seven years is the Commissioning Editor on the M&B Single Title list and the MIRA Ink young adult list. Anna loves fiercely contemporary romantic fiction with strong hooks and mass market appeal and is always look for stand out new romantic women’s fiction voices. She can be found on twitter @annab_editor




Simon Mackay

Simon MackaySimon Mackay is Digital Books Manager for WH Smith.  Having worked in the bookselling and publishing industry for over a decade, Simon joined WH Smith in August 2011.  Simon has acted as a judge for numerous writing competitions, most recently forming part of the selection panel for the Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WH Smith.




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  2. Hi
    I have submitted in error (rushed to meet a deadline of 13th July which has been widely publicised eg Mail on Sunday magazine) and my submission does not fit the criteria. How can I withdraw and try again please?


    1. Hi Sonia,
      that’s not a problem. If you give me the details you used to fill out the online form and the date you applied I will delete your entry from the database so that you’ll be able to make a new submission.

      You can drop me an email at


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