Natascha Biebow is the founder of Blue Elephant Storyshaping, an editing, coaching and mentoring service empowering writers and illustrators at all levels to fine-tune their work. With over 25 years’ experience editing numerous award-winning children’s books, she is passionate about shaping stories, teaches picture-book craft, and is the Editorial Director of Five Quills. She is the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons. In 2018 she was awarded an MBE for services to children's authors and illustrators. She is the recipient of the SCBWI Stephen Mooser Member of the Year Award and a member of the SCBWI Council of Advisors.
Anna McQuinn is editor-at-large at Alanna Max. She is the creator of the successful inclusive series Booky Girl Lulu and Zeki Books. Her eloquent style of writing brings all aspects of a subject together in the most poetic way. She has written over 30 picture books and is published worldwide in many languages by Annick Press, Barefoot Books, Chicken House, Scholastic, O’Brien Press, Alanna Max, and many others.
Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning author, illustrator and publisher of children’s books. His unique and distinctive style always manages to capture special moments between children and grown-ups. He has created over 70 books published in many languages by Scholastic, Macmillan, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Holiday House, Bloomsbury, Alanna Max and many others. Ken is also the patron of the Jericho Prize.
Jericho Prize team
Tennille Rolingson is a part-time freelance writer, full-time third-culture kid and writer of the Jericho Prize blog. Ambitious but still quite new to the world of writing, in just over a year, she has managed to wrack up a few writing credits including a published article about West Indian revolutionary C.L.R James in Bad Form's 'Caribbean' issue. From writing fanfiction as a teen to working on her own novel, she focuses on a wide range of different topics, genres and mediums. Currently, she runs her own blog A Girl Between Two Seas that includes her personal, sometimes poetic, musings.
Fabia Turner is the founder of the Jericho Prize. She is also a former Ealing borough primary school teacher and Scholastic Education book editor with a lifelong passion for children's literature. With 12 years' combined experience in education and publishing, she has advocated for the use of multicultural/multi-ethnic resources in UK schools while working in both sectors. Concerned about the lack of Black critics on the UK arts scene, she also became a member of the Critics of Colour Collective in 2018, writing theatre reviews for their online platform. In 2018, she created Candid Cocoa, an arts blog now focused on getting more Black children's books into primary schools.