FAQs

The Undiscovered Voices team is happy to answer any question related to the competition, however, you may find that your query has already been answered in our FAQs below. If not, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.

What do you mean by traditionally published?

If you have a contract and have been compensated by a publisher listed on SCBWI Published and Listed (PAL) list – found here: www.scbwi.org/list-of-pal-publishers then you are traditionally published. If your book is available through publishers who have charged you money to publish your book or organizations like Amazon which help you offer your book for sale then you are self-published, which is NOT considered traditionally published.

What if I’ve posted my manuscript on Wattpad or another similar web site or app, am I still eligible?

We consider you self-published if you have produced printed or electronic copies of your book and made them available to the public for free or for a price. You are still eligible to submit work to Undiscovered Voices, but you may NOT submit a piece of writing that has been self-published anywhere.

What if I’ve published nonfiction? Am I still eligible?

If your name appears on the spine of a traditionally published book, then you are ineligible. If you’ve had material included in a non-fiction book — so you are not the only author — or if you’ve been published in magazines or newspapers, you are still eligible.

What if I’ve been published by the education market with stories, scripts, etc. that have only been available to teachers and librarians?

If you have been compensated and your name appears on cover/spine of a book published by a traditional publisher – whether it’s fiction, educational or nonfiction – then you are ineligible.

What if I’m an illustrator with an agent, can I still submit a novel extract to Undiscovered Voices?

If you have an agent for your illustration work then you are ineligible to enter Undiscovered Voices. The aim of the anthology is to give undiscovered talent a foot in the publishing door. If you have an agent then you have opportunities in the publishing industry.

If I’m a writer with an agent, can I still submit an illustration to Undiscovered Voices?

If you have an agent for your writing then you are ineligible to enter Undiscovered Voices. The aim of the anthology is to give undiscovered talent a foot in the publishing door. If you have an agent then you have opportunities in the publishing industry.

What if I’ve submitted my manuscript to agent and editors already?

You may still submit an extract from a novel that has been on submission to editors and agents but is not under contract. If during the judging process and before the final shortlist announcement an agent wants to represent you or if an editor wants to purchase your work then you will need to contact us at uv@britishscbwi.org and withdrawal your submission to the anthology. Please do not submit an extract from a novel that has already been rejected by the editors and agents on the judging panel. Editors and agents remember submissions that they have rejected and will most likely not recommend your piece for the anthology.

The rules say that I may not resubmit any extract from a novel that I submitted for consideration in previous Undiscovered Voices anthologies. But what if I have revised my novel? Can I re-submit it then?

Only if by revised you mean substantially changed. Any resubmission should feel like a completely new piece. We really don’t recommend resubmitting your novel. If, for example, it has the same title, it may be exclude during our initial sort when we check eligibility. Also we’ve discovered that what authors think is a substantial re-write isn’t really.


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