UV2020 Finalists

The Undiscovered Voices 2020 Anthology features the talent of twelve writers whose work impressed our judges to be selected as up-and-coming voices in the world of books for teens and children.


What will you discover?

12 unagented and unpublished writers.

Previous finalists responsible for over 260 books worldwide.

With your help these voices won’t stay undiscovered for long.


Annaliese Avery – The Invention of Night

Annaliese Avery spends her days surrounded by stories both at work as a library manager and when at home writing them. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing and has been training with Imogen Cooper to become a Golden Egg Editor and programme leader for Scotland.


Yvonne Banham – Tulip Finola Barnacle

Yvonne Banham Yvonne lives in Edinburgh, working to the soundtrack of a snoring Beagle. She studied illustration but loves writing more (though she is still fond of a scribble). When she’s not writing or gazing lovingly at her to-be-read pile, she’s running in the Pentland Hills, falling once a year on average.



Sharon Boyle – Pupil K

Sharon has been a serious spare-time writer for ten years, writing short stories, flash fiction, the occasional poem and two YA novels. She has had several first-placed stories published in Writers’ Forum magazine and has won the HISSAC and the Exeter Writers short story competitions.



Anna Brooke – Sean & The Franken-Bogey

Anna lives in Paris where she’s simultaneously a freelance travel writer for the Sunday Times, a voice actor, a scriptwriter and a mum. She has worked on her stories with Curtis Brown Creative. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s composing songs. Anna never picks her nose.



Dr Adam Connors – The Genius Machine

Adam is a former physicist and former child who now manages teams of engineers and research scientists for a large tech company which isn’t called Grapesoft. He has an MA in Creative Writing from City University and is working on The Genius Machine as part of the Golden Egg Academy.


Clare Harlow – The Shape Of A Girl

Clare Harlow Clare Harlow has no first-hand experience of ghosts, but she did attend several super-creepy boarding schools. She then studied English at Cambridge University and spent over a decade working as an actress, before returning to her childhood love of writing.


Urara Hiroeh – The Air We Cannot Breathe

A lifelong fan of comics, sci-fi and fantasy, Urara had an international upbringing, moving from Japan, USA, England and finally to Scotland. After doing time as a scientist, she’s now pursuing her lifelong dream of writing novels for teens. When she’s free, she likes to walk the Highland hills.


Helen MacKenzie – Hagstone

Helen MacKenzie is a copywriter living near Edinburgh. In 2017
she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize and the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition and longlisted in the Bath Children’s Novel Award. She loves walking and cycling, coffee and cake.


Michael Mann – Ghostcloud

Michael MannTeacher by day, novice dad by night, Michael mostly writes when he should be sleeping. He owes the idea for Ghostcloud to his nephew (and avid cloudspotter) Ryan. Michael has completed courses with Curtis Brown, City University and CityLit, and received commendations in Faber’s FAB prize and WriteMentor’s Children’s Novel Award.


Angela Murray – The Sea Lord’s Curse

Angela Murray is from Glasgow but now lives in Hamburg. She studied film and went on to work as a camera assistant before making her own short films. These won many prizes at children’s film festivals around the world.



Laura Warminger – The Great Prime Minister Swap

Laura lives in beautiful Norfolk with her husband and two daughters.
Being a quiet person means all your best conversations are in your head. Writing is like digging them an escape tunnel.




Harriet Worrell – The Good Child Serum

Harriet Worrell Harriet writes flash fiction, middle grade and young adult. Writing started as a form of therapy and is still an escape from the day! She lives in Cheshire with her daughter and too many animals!




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