Closing Today! UV 2016

Closing today! This is a unique opportunity for SCBWI BI members. Go on - you could be in the anthology Undiscovered Voices 2016.

SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Anthology 2016

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 until midnight tonight - 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 There is no submission fee, but only unagented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible.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 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 Ask a Picture Book Editor, brings the first part of a two part look at how to blow your own trumpet, with advice from Jessie Sullivan, marketing and publicity officer from Little Tiger Press
Tuesday's Ten Minute Blog Post - Nick digs deep to find the blog treasure!
Wednesday's Writers' Minds feature this month brings us an inspirational look at award-winning Tim Bowler
Thursday's Events report brings a truly useful post from Marie Basting, all about the Skylark Literary Agency on tour
Friday's feature brings a lovely report by Paul Morton, all about this year's Picture Book retreat

Nancy Saunders is the Editor of W&P. You can find some of her short stories here, and on Twitter @nancyesaunders

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