Submissions to UV2020 now open!


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

Undiscovered Voices has launched the careers of writers, who have gone on to publish more than 250 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.

You can submit your children’s novel extract here until 15 July 2019. There is no submissions’ fee, but only un-agented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible. Please make sure you read the eligibility criteria and writers’ tips before submitting.

“The SCBWI British Isles is once again thrilled to announce that this fantastic project is about to open submission for its seventh anthology! In the current competitive publishing marketplace, Undiscovered Voices plays an unprecedented role in supporting unpublished writers,” said Natascha Biebow and Kathy Evans, Co-Regional Advisors for the SCBWI British Isles. “Sometimes, you just need that little extra helping hand to get discovered. Undiscovered Voices’track record speaks for itself. Good luck to all the contestants!”

The Undiscovered Voicesanthology will include twelve fiction extracts – from early readers up to young adult novels. The anthology will be published in February 2020 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.

“It is a pleasure and a privilege for Working Partners to be associated with Undiscovered Voices,” said Chris Snowdon, Managing Director of Working Partners. “We are delighted to continue to support this now established vehicle, which demonstrably enables new writing talent to thrive.”

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

  • 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

For more details or to submit your novel extract or illustrations, click here.