NEW this year, the Undiscovered Voices Team will host a series of masterclasses designed to help you prepare your submission.
Free Zoom Undiscovered Voices 2022 Kick-Off Event
22 April 2021 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Once again SCBWI British Isles plans to help fresh, new voices in children’s literature find agents and publishers through its Undiscovered Voices project. This event will tell you everything you need to know to enter – plus offer advice and tips on how to hook editors and agents from the opening of your novel. Join us for a panel discuzssion with this year’s Undiscovered Voices judges. To attend, you must be a member of SCBWI in the UK or EU.
Authors and illustrators from the seven previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for more than 400 books and have been nominated for or won more than 160 literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, Branford Boase Award, Blue Peter Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and more than 30 regional awards.
Four UK literary agents and three editors comprise the stellar judging panel for Undiscovered Voices 2022:
- Davinia Andrew-Lynch, literary agent and the founder of boutique agency ANDLYN
- Megan Carroll, literary agent at Watson, Little Ltd
- Sarah Davies, founder and agent with Greenhouse Literary Agency
- Jane Griffiths, editorial director at Penguin Random House Children’s Books
- Sarah Levison, senior commissioning editor at Farshore Books
- Yasmin Morrissey, commissioning editor at Scholastic
- Jo Williamson, literary agent at Antony Harwood Ltd
Undiscovered Voices Masterclasses
Do you want to be one of the fresh, original voices featured in the next Undiscovered Voices anthology? The Undiscovered Voices team has created a series of three, 90-minute masterclasses to help you prepare your submission for Undiscovered Voices 2022. Book your place for the Undiscovered Voices masterclass series.
8 May – Titles that Sell
Freelance editor Jenny Glencross will discuss how to craft a title to capture the attention of readers with Dani Wilson from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s sales team.
15 May – Writing a Synopsis
Author/editor Benjamin Scott will share the secrets of how to summarize a novel into the 75-word synopsis required for each UV submission.
22 May – Hooking Your Reader from the Start
Editor/author Catherine Coe and author/screenwriter Simon James Green will discuss how to polish those opening lines so readers are compelled to read on.
Each session will run from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and contain practical advice and hands-on exercises.
Free tickets will be made available for members/non-members who identify as being from a background currently under-represented in publishing, and who could not otherwise afford to attend – find out how to apply here.
UV2022 submissions open 14th June 2021 and close 18th July 2021.
- Read our rules and criteria
- Find out how to apply for a free SCBWI membership if you are a writer who identifies as being from a background currently under-represented in publishing
- Learn from our tips and advice
- Check out the answers to our frequently most asked questions
- Discover more about our Judges, Honorary Chair and Committee Members
- Keep up with the latest UV news