Children's Fiction & Non-Fiction

Kenechi Udogu

Agent: John Baker

Kenechi is a Nigerian-born London-based writer and architect whose work centres on culturally diverse characters, particularly female protagonists in sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres who stand strong in challenging conditions. Her work was awarded a Highly Commended Text win for FAB Prize 2022, and she was a runner-up for the Writers and Artists Year Book 2022 YA Profile Competition. She is an alumna of the HarperCollins Author Academy Spring 2022 term and a current mentee of the All Stories 2022-23 mentorship programme. Her short story was longlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and her sci-fi short story was recently published in an issue of Dark Matter Magazine. She loves singing with choirs, and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.

Kenechi’s debut YA Sci-Fi AUGMENTED was the inaugural winner of Faber Children’s Imagined Futures Prize. In a future where humans are enhanced to ensure the sustainable survival of society, Akaego fights to prevent being weaponised by a corrupt regime after she discovers her rare vocal ability to accelerate plant growth can also wipe them out.