Undiscovered Voices is 100% volunteer run. Our volunteers are passionate about finding new children’s book talent and work tirelessly behind the scenes on the Undiscovered Voices anthologies.
Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books.
She teaches master’s courses on writing for children/teens currently at Goldsmiths University and previously at the University of Winchester. She has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe. She’s incredibly proud to have co-founded the Undiscovered Voices project with Sara O’Connor in 2006.
Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She lives in London.
Catherine is a children’s book editor with twenty years’ experience. Before going freelance in 2011, she was Senior Commissioning Editor at Hachette Children’s Books, where she acquired and edited a wide range of highly successful fiction, from Beast Quest and Rainbow Magic to The World of Norm and Gallagher Girls. As a freelancer, she enjoys working with publishers, literary agents and writers – and loves nothing more than helping writers develop their talent and become published authors.
She also knows what it’s like to be on the other side, as the author of over forty children’s books.
Jenny is a children’s books editor with over fifteen years’ experience in the industry. She was previously commissioning editor at Orion Children’s Books, editing and commissioning bestselling fiction from 5+ to YA, with authors such as Francesca Simon, Sally Gardner and Kate Pankhurst. She has been freelance since 2015, and works with a variety of publishers and agents, as well as directly with writers.
She is also a mentor with The Golden Egg Academy.
Benjamin Scott started his published writing career successfully pitching a non-fiction book and most recently he’s been helping develop pitches and stories for a new children’s book packager. Benjamin has written over 13 published books, working with book packager’s Working Partners and educational specialists Oxford Primary. He’s taught creative writing across a range of age groups and settings, from online courses with the Oxford University Continuing Education Department to real-life workshops in schools and colleges.
He also coaches and advises other writers through his critiquing and editorial service. There’s nothing he likes more than finding the perfect words to excite a reader.
Simon James Green
Simon James Green is an author and screenwriter. Selected for Undiscovered Voices in 2016, his young adult novels include Noah Can’t Even (long listed for the Branford Boase, winner of Wirral Book of the Year and selected by WHSmith as one of the most important LGBT books of the last 50 years); Noah Could Never; Alex in Wonderland (nominated for the Carnegie medal and featured in Best Kids Books of 2019 in The Guardian); and Heartbreak Boys (selected as one of the Best LGBT Books of 2020 by Attitude Magazine).
After signing an eight-book deal with Scholastic, 2020 also saw publication of his first picture book, Llama Glamarama, illustrated by Garry Parsons, and Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck, his first middle-grade book, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards. 2021 sees publication of Fabulous Frankie, illustrated by Garry Parsons, and his fifth YA novel, You’re the One That I Want.
Rosie lives in London and loves all things nerdy. She is an editor at Working Partners Ltd. As well as publishing Skulk under her own name she has written under pseudonyms on series published by Usborne, Hot Key Books and HarperCollins.
She is the seventh Erin Hunter, writing books in the Survivors series and the sole Erin on a brand new upcoming series.
When not writing or playing video games she sings with the Crouch End Festival Chorus.
A native of Los Angeles, Elizabeth Brahy has a degree in Film Studies from Wesleyan University and worked in film and television for many years before becoming a freelance writer and editor. Elizabeth writes about Paris arts and culture for the online magazine INSPIRELLE and is RA of SCBWI France.
For the past several years she has been one of the judges of the Young Author’s Fiction Festival, a writing competition for children hosted by the American Library in Paris.
Passionate about genre storytelling, Elizabeth was longlisted for the Undiscovered Voices award in 2016 and 2018 and is currently at work on a middle-grade mystery novel.