2016 Success Stories: The Evolution of Rose and her new Agent!

Rose Margaret DenizHotly following on from the launch of the Undiscovered Voices 2016 anthology, we’re delighted to share the news that Rose Margaret Deniz, author of The Evolution of You Me, has signed up with agent Jo Williamson at Antony Harwood Ltd.

“I always look forward to receiving the Undiscovered Voices anthology as it is packed with such talent and this year’s more than lived up to my expectations,” Rose’s new agent said.

“I particularly loved Rose’s The Evolution Of You And Me which is a high-concept love story.  I was intrigued by the idea of love surviving in different guises across different dimensions. The characters of Pree and Kenner, though altered as their circumstances changed, remained steadfastly vivid and I was rooting for them both throughout. I am a sucker for a good love story and this novel took things to a whole new level with passages set in space as well as on Earth.  I felt Rose was always in control of her ambitious story and really pushed the boundaries, writing a novel that felt fresh and exciting.”

Delighted, Rose describes signing with Jo as just the beginning of an amazing journey. “Jo reached out to me within days of the anthology being released. From our very first contact, her interest and excitement about The Evolution of You and Me was palpable. We just seemed to click when we talked on the phone, and after meeting in person, I could imagine no better champion for this story than Jo.”

There’s also hope for writers who have been honorary mentioned as Rose was counted amongst them in the last anthology. “I would strongly encourage other writers and illustrators to believe in their work and never give up. After being long listed for another manuscript in 2014, I hit the page even harder, and took the chance to submit again this past year. I’m so glad I did. It is thanks to this incredible opportunity from SCBWI BI and Working Partners that I can share the news that I am now working with Jo!”

While we’re off celebrating Rose’s news, we’ll leave the last word to Jo Williamson, “I am so thrilled to be working with Rose and can’t wait to get The Evolution Of You And Me on to bookshop shelves and into the hands of readers who are in for a real treat.”

Children’s illustrators of the future

UV2016_front coverWe’re very excited that the lovely editors at the Guardian Children’s Books pages have published a gallery of our amazing Undiscovered Voices 2016 illustrator finalists.

The Guardian sums it up best on the gallery: “Congrats to all the undiscovered illustrators that have been picked out as mega talented and whose gorgeous illustrations are now in the SCBWI anthology, along with the writing of 12 new authors”.

Visit the gallery at the Guardian here.

Undiscovered Voices 2016 Featured Writers and Illustrators Announced

SCBWI Announces Writers and Illustrators to Be Featured in Undiscovered Voices 2016. 

Anthology has proven a successful path to publication for many writers and illustrators

UV2016_front coverTwelve promising writers and nine aspiring illustrators – all unagented and unpublished – were selected from hundreds of submissions to be included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) anthology, titled Undiscovered Voices 2016. The anthology is available to download for free at www.undiscoveredvoices.com.

“We are thrilled to once again showcase so many new voices from amongst SCBWI British Isles and Europe,” said Natascha Biebow, Regional Advisor (Chair) of the SCBWI in the British Isles. “We are confident that they won’t stay undiscovered for very long!”

The anthology features twelve 4,000-word extracts of novels written for children alongside nine black and white illustrations. SCBWI congratulates the following authors and illustrators whose work will be included in the 2016 anthology:

Relly Annett-Baker The Unwilling Goddess London
Georgia Bowers Clopwyck River Bedford
Anna Bowles Steel Tanya London
Susan Brownrigg Girl Churns Up Trouble Skelmersdale
Patti Buff Requiem Germany
Sophie Cameron Out of the Blue Edinburgh
Kerry Cassidy Secret Magic: The Thread Fairy Adventures Malvern
Rose Margaret Deniz The Evolution of You and Me Turkey
Emma Dowson The Chinatown Cat New Malden
Lucy Farfort Illustrator Newcastle
Esther Garcia Peces Illustrator Spain
Simon James Green Nuts London
Mary Hays Illustrator Cambridge
Andrea Ipaktchi Illustrator France
Catherine Miller The Hunt Is On London
John Morgan Illustrator Winchester
Heather Newton Spyders: Flash & the Cagey Bees London
Deborah Partington Illustrator Runcorn
Portia Rosenberg Illustrator Cambridge
Bing Wang Illustrator Netherlands
Katie Weymouth Illustrator Liverpool

From the four previous anthologies, published in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, 32 of the selected authors and illustrators have received publishing contracts for more than 120 books. These authors have been nominated for and won an amazing array of literary prizes: including the Blue Peter Awards, the Carnegie Medal, the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award and regional awards such as the Bedfordshire Children’s Book of the Year.

“The success of the first four anthologies is a testament to the high calibre of author and illustrator members in SCBWI,” Biebow said. “It’s really exciting to have works featured in previous anthologies snap up publishing deals and win major prizes. We hope that both the writers and illustrators in Undiscovered Voices 2016 will have similar success.”

The Undiscovered Voices anthology will be distributed to editors, literary agents, art directors and illustration agents focusing on children’s literature. The anthology includes an introduction from the honorary chair, award-winning children’s author and illustrator Sally Gardner.

“This anthology shines a spotlight on writers and illustrators with the potential to create books that will excite young readers everywhere,” said Tioka Tokedira, UV coordinator for SCBWI in the EU.

The stories and illustrations were submitted anonymously and selected by a distinguished panel of industry experts:

  • Jon Appleton, Hodder
  • Ali Ardington, Stripes Publishing
  • Ed Burns, Advocate Art Agency
  • Barry Cunningham, Chicken House
  • Sheri Gee, Folio Society
  • Jodie Hodges, United Agents
  • Rachel Mann, Simon and Schuster
  • Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock
  • Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
  • Will Steele, Faber and Faber
  • Caroline Walsh, David Higham Associates

Because the anthology is also designed to be a learning tool for up-and-coming children’s writers and artists, quotes from the judges – discussing the merits of each piece – are included at the end of each illustration and extract.

Working Partners Ltd, a London-based company that creates series fiction for children and teens, provided the financial support to make this and the previous four anthologies possible.

“Working Partners is delighted to sponsor this wonderful project which helps writers and illustrators seeking to grow,” said Chris Snowdon, Managing Director, Working Partners Ltd.

 

About SCBWI

The SCBWI is a network for the exchange of knowledge among writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. SCBWI boasts more than 22,000 members worldwide in more than seventy regions, making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world. Through our events and resources, the SCBWI British Isles region aims to help writers and illustrators develop their craft. Find out more about SCBWI at www.britishisles.scbwi.org. To find out more about Undiscovered Voices visit: www.undiscoveredvoices.com.

Undiscovered Voices 2016 Long List Announcement

UV10We are pleased to announce the longlist of writers and illustrators who will be considered for the Undiscovered Voices 2016 anthology. These talented writers and illustrators were selected from more than 250 submissions from SCBWI members in Europe.

  • Relly Annett-Baker
  • Sheila Averbuch
  • Monika Baum
  • Emma Bayley
  • Georgia Bowers
  • Anna Bowles
  • Susan Brownrigg
  • Patti Buff
  • Sophie Cameron
  • Kerry Cassidy
  • Leah Davis
  • Rose Margaret Deniz
  • Anne Derenne
  • Suzanne Dore
  • Emma Dowson
  • Gary Fabbri
  • Lucy Farfort
  • Esther Garcia Peces
  • Julian Margaret Gibbs
  • Simon James Green
  • Jak Harrison
  • Mary Hays
  • Kim A Howard
  • Andrea Ipaktchi
  • Jeannine Johnson Maia
  • Elizabeth Joseph-Brahy
  • Nicola Keller
  • Georgina Kirk
  • Katherine Lynas
  • Dr Dale Mathers
  • Catherine Miller
  • Aurelie Monsaingeon
  • Andrew Moore
  • John Morgan
  • Lesley Moss
  • Lorna Murphy
  • Nab NAB
  • Heather Newton
  • Deborah Partington
  • Claire Frances Rollinson
  • Portia Rosenberg
  • India Smith
  • Clare Thomas
  • Nicki Thornton
  • Cam Tu Nguyen
  • Melissa Valente
  • Bing Wang
  • Calum Watson
  • Claire Watts
  • Katie Weymouth

The twelve novel extracts and nine illustrations that will be featured in the 2016 Undiscovered Voices anthology will be announced in early January.

The quality of submissions was extremely high this year and the judges had a very difficult time deciding on a longlist. The Undiscovered Voices team endeavours to create an anthology that showcases the variety of writing and illustration available from SCBWI members in the British Isles and the European Union.

The goal of the anthology is not only to help the selected authors and illustrators to find agents and editors, but also to promote the quality of work abounding in SCBWI in Europe.

The stories and illustrations were submitted anonymously and selected by a distinguished panel of industry experts:

  • Jon Appleton, Hodder
  • Ali Ardington, Stripes Publishing
  • Ed Burns, Advocate Art Agency
  • Barry Cunningham, Chicken House
  • Sheri Gee, Folio Society
  • Jodie Hodges, United Agents
  • Rachel Mann, Simon and Schuster
  • Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock
  • Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
  • Will Steele, Faber and Faber
  • Caroline Walsh, David Higham Associates

Congratulations to these talented writers and illustrators!

All the best,

The Undiscovered Voices Team

On behalf of the Undiscovered Voices Team – Catherine Coe, Jenny Glencross, Sara Grant, Anne-Marie Perks, Loretta Schauer, Benjamin Scott and Tioka Tokedira

 

Writing and Falling in Love with Nigel Kennedy: How UV changed one writer’s life.

Shirley McMillian
Shirley McMillian

UV 2014 finalist Shirley Anne McMillan blogs about how Undiscovered Voices led her to a community of writers through SCBWI!

The other great thing about writing is that everyone sees it as a solitary occupation, and in some ways it is like that- there is nothing but you and your mind. But in other ways it also opens up a world of social interaction that is a bit different and a bit similar to making friends- you put yourself out there and sometimes people reach back and let you know that you’re alright. Without that element it would be very lonely indeed. Thanks, then, to those people who reach back to me. It means more than you know.

Check out her blog post here!

Tips and Advice for Writers: Escape into Your Story

We’re proud to share an edited video of the best bits from our writing judging panel during the Undiscovered Voices 2016 competition launch on May 14th 2015.

The writing judges talk about the getting straight into a story and leaving exposition to be delivered as the story progresses. There’s plenty of insight into what the judges are looking for and what sort of pitfalls you might come across when you think you’re ready to submit. Keep an eye out for Jon Appleton sage advice on narrative confidence, in other words making sure you can convince the reader you’ve chosen the best story and that you’re the person to deliver it.

We’d like to thank Mike Perks for recording and editing this video and thanks Foyles for hosting the event!

 

Tweet Advice for UV Submitters – #AskSwanwick Chat Write Up

One Undiscovered Voices area that’s usually under-represented by good quality submissions is for the youngest (5-8) age group. “We’d loved to see more of those,” Catherine told us. “Funny is often the key – and something obvious, like a timeless theme that works, such as fairies, witches, dragons, beasts, princesses, and animals.”

Undiscovered Voices committee members, Rosie Best and Catherine Coe, participated in a twitter chat for #AskSwanwick on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015. They discussed a range of issues about editing, book packaging and, of course, dispense some sage advice on Undiscovered Voices.

You can read a write up of the chat here at http://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk. Look out for some great advice on how to edit and proofread your own work before submitting!

Press Release: Submissions open 1st July for Fifth SCBWI Undiscovered Voices

Anthology has proven a successful path to publication for many UK writers and illustrators

UV10The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) British Isles will once again help fresh, new voices in children’s literature – both writers and illustrators – find agents, publishers and ultimately readers through its Undiscovered Voices project.

Undiscovered Voices has launched the careers of the writers and illustrators, who have gone on to publish more than 120 books. These authors have been nominated for and won an amazing array 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 nearly 30 regional awards.

Submissions will be accepted online at www.undiscoveredvoice.com between 1st July to 16th August 2015. There is no submissions’ fee, but only un-agented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible.

3 scbwi_logo_31kb“The SCBWI British Isles region is thrilled to once again support this innovative project that brings unpublished writers and illustrators into the limelight,” said Natascha Biebow, Regional Advisor for the SCBWI British Isles. “Over the past eight years, we have helped nearly 30 authors and illustrators to get discovered by publishers. We wish all contestants the best of luck!”

The Undiscovered Voices anthology will include twelve fiction extracts – from early readers up through young adult novels – and twelve black-and-white illustrations. The anthology will be published in February 2016 and sent free of charge to editors, art directors and agents whose focus is children’s literature. The book will be produced by volunteers, with the financial support of Working Partners Ltd, a London-based company that creates series fiction.

Working Partners Logo“Working Partners is very proud to continue to support Undiscovered Voices,” said Chris Snowdon, Managing Director of Working Partners. “It is hard to believe this will be the fifth edition of this wonderful vehicle for new authors! Undiscovered Voices is now an established and high profile launch pad for new writing and we can’t wait to see what talent is discovered and published this time around.”

Sally Gardner 2015Multi-award-winning author and illustrator Sally Gardner will serve as the honorary chair for this anthology. Gardner has a long and distinguished career writing and illustrating books for young children and teens alike. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-two languages. Her novel MAGGOT MOON (Hot Key Books) won both the Costa Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013. Gardner’s genre-defying novel THE DOUBLE SHADOW (Orion) received great critical acclaim and was also longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2013. Sally also won the 2005 Nestle Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel I, CORIANDER.

The following judges will select the stories and illustrations to be included in the anthology:

  • Jon Appleton, Hodder
  • Ali Ardington, Stripes Publishing
  • Ed Burns, Advocate Art Agency
  • Barry Cunningham, Chicken House
  • Sheri Gee, Folio Society
  • Jodie Hodges, United Agents
  • Rachel Mann, Simon and Schuster
  • Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock
  • Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
  • Will Steele, Random House
  • Caroline Walsh, David Higham Associates

 

For more details or to submit your novel extract or illustrations, visit www.undiscoveredvoices.com.

 

For More Information ContactSara Grant, uv@britishscbwi.org

About SCBWI

The SCBWI is a network for the exchange of knowledge among writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. SCBWI boasts more than 22,000 members worldwide in more than 70 regions, making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world. SCBWI British Isles is a dynamic and friendly chapter, which aims to support aspiring and published writers and illustrators, providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and craft development. This anthology presents a unique means of networking with the publishing industry. Join and find out more about SCBWI British Isles at www.britishisles.scbwi.org

 

About Working Partners

From young chapter books to thrilling adult novels, Working Partners’ books are published all over the globe. Since 1994, it has created some of the most recognised series in children’s fiction, including Animal Ark, Heartland and, more recently, Rainbow Magic, Warriors, Beast Quest and Magic Animal Friends. Working Partners has about 100 published projects, consisting of over 1,000 books. It has sold its books in 40 languages. Ten of its series have sold more than a million copies. Four have sold more than 10 million.

Tips and Advice for Illustrators: Find Your illustration ‘Super Power’

We’re proud to share an edited video of the best bits from our illustrator panel during the Undiscovered Voices 2016 competition launch on May 14th 2015.

The illustration judges talk about the Story Prompts and what they are expecting from our entrants. There’s plenty of suggestions of how you might tackle one of the prompts and what sort of moments or scenes you might imagine for your characters and your illustration.
Keep an eye out for some great suggestions from Ed Burns, including how to find your illustration ‘Super Power!”.

We’d like to thank Mike Perks for recording and editing this video and thanks Foyles for hosting the event!

 

Captured by a First Line: Sara Grant on Reading Submissions

Sara Grant

Sara Grant got her agent and ultimately her first book deal through Undiscovered Voices. Now she’s on the other side of the submissions process and part of the team of editors who do the initial read through of all the submissions before the illustrious judging panel get to read them.

As she writes: “I love quiet novels and action-packed thrillers. I adore literary novels as much as high concept stories. No matter the story you want to tell – you still have to hook me, entice me to read more from those first lines. I should be desperate to know what happens next. Each year there are those extracts that linger and sparkle and surprise. Even after eight years, I still remember the opening lines from the first Undiscovered Voices extracts:”

Visit Sara’s BookBound Blog for more of her words of wisdom here.

 

Sara Grant

Sara Grant worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books when she worked as a senior commissioning editor for Working Partners. She writes edgy teen fiction (Half Lives being her latest) and a funny, magical series for young readers (Magic Trix). Sara is the co-creator and co-editor of Undiscovered Voices. Her YA novel Dark Parties won the SCBWI Crystal Award for Europe.