Undiscovered Voices 2024 Long List Announcement

We are thrilled to share the longlist of writers who will be considered for the Undiscovered Voices 2024 anthology.

About the UV2024 Longlist

These talented writers were selected from over 220 submissions from SCBWI members in the British Isles and the EU.

In partnership with Megaphone and All Stories this year, over 20 FREE SCBWI memberships were awarded to underrepresented voices and writers with a financial barrier to entering. This builds upon our continued commitment to inclusion and diversity within children’s literature in the UK and Europe – and to discovering the most exciting new talent.

A massive congratulations to the following authors:

Jules AspinallKirsty Hammond
Louise AustinAlka Handa
Sarah BatesSharon Louise Hindley
Fran BensonFaye Holt
Steve BlackmanJoanna Howard
Jess BleakleyClaire Lomas
Henry ColesAllison Mandra
Kirsty CollinsonCatrìona McLean
Jennifer CombesEiman Munro
Stephen DalyRichard James Parker
Ruth EnnisMelissa Quashie
Elizabeth FowlerNatalie Rutherford
Sarah FultonEsther Scherpenisse
Lorna GillPriyesh Shah
Natalia GodsmarkBarrie D Stevenson
Elizabeth GoodeMaggie Womersley

The Undiscovered Voices team endeavours to create an anthology that showcases the variety of writing available from SCBWI members in the British Isles and Europe. The goal of the anthology is not only to help the selected authors find agents and editors but also to promote the quality of work abound in SCBWI in Europe.

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

  • Zoë Plant, literary agent at The Bent Agency
  • Amber Caravéo, literary agent and Director of Skylark Literary
  • Jenny Savill, literary agent and Managing Director of Andrew Nurnberg Associates
  • Saffron Dodds, Associate Agent at ASH Literary
  • Louise Lamont, literary agent at LBA
  • Sarah Stewart, Senior Commissioning Editor at Usborne
  • Linas Alsenas, Editorial Director for Puffin/PRH

The shortlisted novel extracts that will be featured in the Undiscovered Voices 2024 anthology will be announced in mid-January.

Congratulations to these talented writers!

A quick note for those not on the list

The talent pool this year was extremely high. For a variety of reasons, including striking a balance of age ranges, themes and genres in the anthology, some excellent works could not be included. So please KEEP WRITING!

All the best,

The Undiscovered Voices Team

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