SCBWI-BI begins the journey towards its Ninth 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.

The Undiscovered Voices anthology will include at least twelve fiction extracts – from early readers to young adult novels – from SCBWI members in the UK and EU. The anthology will be published in January 2024 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.

Authors and illustrators from the eight previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for more than 440 books and have been nominated for or won more than 200 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.

What’s new in UV2024?

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the build-up to UV2024 –SCWBI-BI’s ninth Anthology competition! It is such an exciting time. As many of you already know, we have a new team running the proceedings made up of previous UV finalists. Here is a quick reminder of who we are:

Imogen White, Laura Warminger, Susan Brownrigg, Katrina Charman, Claire O’Brien, Adam O’Connor, and Victoria Benstead-Hume, along with the brilliant ongoing support of Rosie Best and Elizabeth Brahy.

Also, we have a brand-new logo! Designed by the talented Jen Pringle, which is resplendent in the colour chosen for the UV2024 competition… ORANGE! This is a nod to the very first Anthology, launched by our UV founders, Sara Grant and O’Connor, back in 2008, which was also orange.

Also, please do follow us on our brand new UV Twitter where we celebrate successes and keep you updated on breaking UV news: @UVcompetition