About UV

Undiscovered Voices is a volunteer-run initiative by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) British Isles to help fresh, new voices in children’s literature find agents, publishers and ultimately readers.

We’re grateful for the support and sponsorship of Working Partners, as well as the committee and judges who volunteer their time to help Undiscovered Voices happen.

UV2022 submissions are now closed.

How it all started…

In 2006, when Sara Grant suggested the idea of an anthology to help unpublished writers achieve their dream of publication to Sara O’Connor, they both hoped the project would see one person get a book deal.

It didn’t turn out that way.

Full of hope and with enthusiastic support from Natascha Biebow, SCBWI-BI Regional Advisor, “Sara Squared” as we’ve been called, proposed the project to then employers Working Partners.

Without hesitation, Working Partners came on board as the sole sponsor, and have fully funded and supported the project since 2008. Undiscovered Voices would never have happened if not for their generosity.

Undiscovered Voices 2014

As for that hoped-for single book deal, it turns out from that first anthology; ten of the twelve featured authors now have book contracts – with over 200 published books between them.

In total, the initiative has, since its first anthology in 2008, seen 53 of its 116 featured authors and illustrators receive publishing contracts—resulting in more than 405 books put into print and receiving nominations for over 180 awards.

With the support of Anne-Marie Perks (SCBWI BI Illustrator Coordinator), Loretta Schauer and Bridget Strevens-Marzo, illustrators were included in the anthology from 2012 to 2018, focusing on black-and-white illustrators for older fiction.

We have been thrilled by the success of the 32 illustrators featured in four of the anthologies. The SCBWI illustrator team is working on creating a programme that we hope will produce even better results for SCBWI illustrators.

Sara Grant and the editorial team – Catherine Coe, Jenny Glenross, Benjamin Scott, Simon James Green and Rosie Best – have been hard at work with the support of the French SCBWI Regional Advisor Elizabeth Brahy.

Sara O’Connor will always remain a consultant to the project.

Continued thanks to Working Partners for their support for writers – both published and soon-to-be-discovered.

SCBWI-BI is a writing community that helps each other and succeeds together. The entire UV team couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

We look forward to seeing what talented writers we will discover next.