UV 2018 Launch Event – 2nd May 2017

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) British Isles will once again help fresh, new voices in children’s literature find agents and publishers through its Undiscovered Voices project.

The Undiscovered Voices anthology will include twelve fiction extracts – from early readers up through young adult novels – and up to twelve black-and-white illustrations. The anthology will be published in February 2018 and sent free of charge to editors, art directors 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.

Submissions will be accepted between 1st July to 15th August 2017 via an online submissions process. There is no submissions’ fee, but only unagented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible.

Authors and illustrators from the five previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for more than 120 books. The authors have been nominated for and won an amazing array of 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.

The Undiscovered Voices team will launch the project with an event:

  • Tuesday 2 May 2017
  • from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • at the Hachette UK Head Office (Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ) in the 6th Floor Storey Café

The event will consist of two panel discussions – one for writers, one for illustrators – in which the judges will offer invaluable advice for those planning to submit to the anthology. Tickets are free but you must sign up for the event on the British SCBWI website: https://britishisles.scbwi.org/events/undiscovered-voices-2018-kick-off-event-2/. You must be registered for the event to attend.

The following judges will select the stories and illustrations to be included in the anthology:

  • Chrissie Boehm, Artful Doodlers
  • Claire Cartey, Holroyde Cartey
  • Lauren Fortune, Scholastic
  • Andrea Kearny, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Sarah Leonard, Orchard Children’s Books
  • Joanna Moult, Skylark Literary Limited
  • Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Gillie Russell, Aitken Alexander Associates
  • Hannah Shepard, DHH Literary Agency
  • Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow
  • Will Steele, Osborne Books
  • Nghiem Ta, Walker Books

For more details about submitting to UV2018, click here.

UV 2014 – Video: Illustration Judges on Standing Out and Other Tips for Illustration Success!!

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

Here’s our second clip for illustrators from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th. We asked the fiction judging panel who were present what has made illustrators they work with stand out. Martin Salisbury talks about the “voice” in illustration, while Frances McKay shares her passion of characterization and expressing a range of emotions. Our panel also reveals their top tips for illustrators tackling the UV2014 story starters, from finding the right scale to looking at work in a mirror. Nghiem Ta has specific words of warning for illustrators with a delicate or faint style!

UV 2014 – Video: Illustration Judges on using the story starters

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

In this clip from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch event on April 18th, our illustration judging panel answer some key questions. First, we asked them for their tips for working from the story starters and how to use a piece of text to inspire an illustration. Nghiem Ta suggests making time to experiment and to explore different styles (while still meeting the deadline!). Martin Salisbury suggests going with what grabs your attention and use your sketchbook to find your way into the character and subject before working on the final piece. Frances McKay reveals what the most important skill in creating black and white illustration – ability to draw is vital! Helen Graham-Cameron mentions using tone as well as line in black and white illustrations.

You may need to turn your volume up to hear some of the judges.