Online Event to Kick off the 7th Undiscovered Voices Anthology

Once again SCBWI British Isles plans to help fresh, new voices in children’s literature find agents and publishers through its Undiscovered Voices project. Authors and illustrators from the six previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for nearly 250 books and have been nominated for or won more than 150 of 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. Click here to discover more about our previous finalists.

The Undiscovered Voices team will launch Undiscovered Voices 2020 with a free, online event on Facebook:

  • Thursday 9 May 2019
  • 7 – 8 p.m.
  • On the SCBWI TV British Isles Facebook Page

The event will consist of a panel discussion with the judges, who will offer valuable advice for those planning to submit to the anthology. To attend, you must be a member of SCBWI in the UK or EU and sign up for the event on the British SCBWI website: Sign up here!

 

We are thrilled to announce this year’s stellar judging panel:

  • Helen Boyle, Literary and Illustration Agent at Pickled Ink
  • Aimée Felone, Co-founder of Knights Of
  • Annalie Grainger, Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books
  • Stephanie King, Commissioning Fiction Editor at Usborne Publishing
  • Polly Nolan, Literary Agent at Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Alice Sutherland-Hawes, Children’s Agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency
  • Clare Wallace, Literary Agent at Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency
  • Discover more about our judging panel here.

The Undiscovered Voices anthology will include at least twelve fiction extracts – from early readers up through young adult novels – from SCBWI members in the UK and EU. The anthology will be published in February 2020 and sent free of charge to editors and agents whose focus is children’s literature. The book is produced with the financial support of Working Partners Ltd, a London-based company that creates series fiction.

This Undiscovered Voices anthology will not include illustrations this time. The SCBWI illustrator team is working on creating a programme specifically designed to support SCBWI illustrators.

Submissions will be accepted between 1stJune to 15thJuly 2019 via an online submissions process. There is no submissions’ fee, but only unagented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible.

2016 Success Update: Book Deal for Sophie Cameron

A two book deal for Out of the Blue, and a second title, has been announced by Macmillan Children’s Books. The title will be published in the UK in spring 2018.

You can read more about this exciting news in The Bookseller:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/sophie-s-choice-macmillan-416486

Congratulations Sophie!

UV 2014 – Writers Bonus – The Panel discuss their recent acquisitions and why they loved them!

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

As part of the Undiscovered Voices competition launch on April 18th 2013, we asked the fiction judging panel who were present about their most recent acquisitions. What followed revealed a lot about the role agents and editors in the acquisition process and how important it is for there to be a personal connection between the reader and the characters. It’s not just about being commercial and marketable, but about making the reader excited into enter into the world of the book. In comes as no surprise to anyone who has watched the previous videos that the role of voice ruled supreme.

 

UV 2014 – Writers Bonus – Ben and Sam discuss “Is there ever a time for Info dump?”

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

In this bonus video from our fiction judging panel, Ben Horslen and Samantha Smith talk about how characters can be used to impart information and getting around problematic exposition (as known as “Info Dump”). Please check out our other Undiscovered Voices videos.

UV 2014 – Video for Writers: The Final Words of Advice from our Judges

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

In our final clip from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th, we asked the fiction judging panel who were present for some words of advice and tips for writers. As Gemma Cooper starts off the discussion about how to get voice right by encouraging writers to listen to their work aloud (whether recording yourself reading it or getting someone else to read it). The panel then share their top tips for writers, from making sure you write the book you want to write, through to letting the readers use their imaginations.

UV 2014 – Video for Writers: Judging Panel’s Mistakes to Avoid and Advice on Genre

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

Here’s our second clip for writers from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th. We asked the fiction judging panel who were present what mistakes writers should avoid and what advice they had on writing in popular genre. The panel start by talking about the obvious mistakes to avoid such as starting off with a character waking up or putting “info dump” in the first chapter, but soon start talking about how to bring something new to a genre you love. Our editors and agents also talk about how work for younger fiction is in great demand – especially in the Undiscovered Voices anthology!

UV 2014 – What the fiction judges are looking for – Video from the UV Launch Meeting

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

Here’s our first clip from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th.

We asked the fiction judging panel who were present what they look for a manuscript. As Sarah Lambert says at the very beginning, “everyone knows this is voice, but only one of us gets to say it.”

However, there’s lots of other things that contribute to make a manuscript standout – including confidence, convincing world building (even in contemporary books), getting the reader excited about the story and rewarding their commitment to reading it.