Become a Discovered Voice

This is a unique opportunity for SCBWI BI members. Don't worry if you can't make the launch this coming Thursday. Next Sunday I will report on all the fabulous advice given by the competition judges. You've then got until the 16th August to submit your work. Go on - you could be in the anthology Undiscovered Voices 2016.

SCBWI announces the launch of the fifth Undiscovered Voices Anthology

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 to young adult novels – and twelve black-and-white illustrations. The anthology will be published in February 2016 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 and 16th August 2015 via an online submissions process. There is no submission fee, but only unagented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible. 

From the four previous anthologies, Undiscovered Voices featured authors and illustrators 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 over 30 regional awards.

The Undiscovered Voices team will launch the project with an event at Foyles on Charing Cross Road on 14th May 2015 at 6:30 pm. At the event, several of the judges will offer invaluable advice for writers and illustrators who plan to submit to the anthology. The launch event is now fully booked, but you can read all about the evening right here, same time next week.

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

Jon Appleton, Hodder
Ali Ardington, Stripes Publishing
Ed Burns, Advocate Art Agency
Barry Cunningham, Chicken House 
Sheri Gee, Folio Society
Jodie Hodges, United Agents
Rachel Mann, Simon and Schuster
Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency 
Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock 
Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency 
Will Steele, Random House
Caroline Walsh, David Higham Associates

For more details on Undiscovered Voices, visit Undiscovered Voices 

The SCBWI is a network for the exchange of knowledge among writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. SCBWI boasts more than 19,000 members worldwide in more than 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organisation in the world. Through our events and resources, the SCBWI British Isles Region aims to help writers and illustrators develop their craft. This anthology presents a new and exciting means of networking with the publishing industry. Find out more about SCBWI British Isles hereTo join SCBWI visit the international website here.

Don't forget to check out last week's inspirational features on Words & Pictures:

Monday's valuable and insightful feature on PR with Emma Donnan of Busy Bee PR
Tuesday's collection of fabulous blogs, from Nick ~ Don't forget the current competition to find a brand new Blog Break Logo
Wednesday's Debut Author Series with Nicky Schmidt, bringing us an inspiring piece from Lu Hersey
Thursday's Event News from Exeter, with yet another fantastic author meeting, this time with Philip Reeve
Friday's report from the Portfolio Intensive, with Trish Phillips
Saturday's Small Big Celebrations celebrating Alex English & her new agent!

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