Funders and partners

All Stories wouldn’t exist with generous funding and support in kind. We are incredibly grateful to the organisations below, who allow us to offer children’s book writers from underrepresented groups opportunities they’d otherwise be unable to access.

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.

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. ALCS has kindly helped to fund All Stories since the first programme in 2021. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity; ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 120,000 members, and since 1977 has paid over £700million to writers. 

Inclusive Books for Children (IBC) is the third funder of All Stories. IBC is a charity with a free website for families that helps them easily choose books for a more inclusive bookshelf. They showcase stories that represent all types of family and don't draw on gender stereotypes or negative tropes. They feature books with a variety of ethnicities, positive images of disabilities and different identities, and celebrate Own-Voice authors and illustrators. The IBC website runs in parallel with their provision of funding to other not-for-profit organisations also working to improve inclusivity in children’s books, and access to those books.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is generously donating a year’s membership to each All Stories mentee. The SCBWI provides the resources, professional networking and community-building opportunities that support writers, illustrators and translators throughout their careers. It is a global community of writers, illustrators, translators, publishers, librarians, advocates, and other industry professionals working to establish a more imaginative and inclusive world through the power of children’s literature. Its mission is to support the creation of an abundance of quality children’s books, so that young people everywhere have the books they need and deserve. The SCBWI believes there can never be too many good children’s books, and this simple belief guides everything it does. It is committed to breaking down barriers and opening doors for everyone with a story to tell. By harnessing the collective power of this vibrant global community, the SCBWI makes the children’s publishing industry more inclusive and elevate the art of children’s literature. Established in 1971, the SCBWI now has over 22,000 members in 80 regional chapters worldwide; SCBWI serves as a consolidated voice for members. The British Isles region offers professional development, networking and marketing opportunities, masterclasses, webinars, retreats, conferences, critique groups, awards, competitions and numerous publications. This vibrant community supports writers, illustrators and translators at all stages of their career. Whether you are published, self-published or new to your craft, SCBWI has something for you.

The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) is kindly donating a year’s free membership to each All Stories mentee, giving them free access to their online and in-person events. The RSL to celebrates and supports writing of all kinds. They are a charity for writers and readers throughout their literary lives. They’re led by writers and believe that all literature matters. They work with schools and prisons because everyone should have access to books. They celebrate the achievements of authors. They provide writers at all stages of their careers with the tools and resources they need to write and give readers access to the best writers from around the world.

Pen to Print has supported All Stories from its inception and is providing All Stories with free sponsorship of its Write On! magazine. Launched in April 2019, Write On! continues to reach new readers as Barking & Dagenham’s
Arts Council England Library NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) magazine. United by a desire to come
together beyond boundaries of geography, culture and expectations, Write On! is created by and for
writers. Write On! is available digitally and through Barking and Dagenham libraries and other libraries and
centres in different parts of London, Devon, Manchester, Birmingham, Kent, Newcastle, the West Midlands
and Essex. University distribution points include Christchurch, Sunderland and Goldsmiths. Increasingly,
the printed magazine is shared with writers from across the UK who are asking for copies for their
writing groups and local bookstores.

The Pocket Publicist is a newsletter that supports writers, illustrators and books-industry creatives in finding, presenting and promoting their best story. Each All Stories mentee will receive a free six-month subscription. With support in building; industry knowledge, personal and brand profile, working best practices for yourself and with your publishers, sustainability, resilience and a presence that reflects the story you want to tell, with priorities and boundaries in mind for projects present and future. A buildable resource and access to advice from Nina Douglas‘s 21 years as a books publicist, and from a starry line up of industry professionals, from agents, to editors, marketers to sales, retail shop floor to head office, interesting creative partners and inspiring case studies. Further details to come! 

To add your name to the mailing list for further information/launch offers, email nina@ninadouglaspr.com and follow on Instagram @ninacdouglas

In 2024, Megaphone and All Stories are partnering to offer a unique event for their mentees to connect with industry professionals. Megaphone Writers CIC provides development for people of colour in England who want to write for children and teenagers. It was started by Leila Rasheed, a children’s author and creative writing tutor, in 2015, and became Megaphone Writers CIC in 2020. Their ultimate aim is to change bookshelves so every child can see themselves in stories. They do this by empowering people of colour to write the stories that matter to them, through a range of opportunities, especially 1-1 mentoring. Their former mentees include Danielle Jawando, Maisie Chan, Joyce Efia Harmer and Nazima Pathan.  For more information, go to www.megaphonewrite.com.