EVENTS Undiscovered Voices 2024

SCBWI British Isles is excited to announce the launch of its 2024 Undiscovered Voices competition. We have been planning an exciting array of events and masterclasses to help you make sure your competition entry is as polished as possible. Starting with...

Free Zoom Kick-Off Event on 27th April 2023, from 8-9 p.m.

SCBWI-BI Kicks Off Its Ninth Undiscovered Voices Anthology. This event will be a panel discussion with the judges, who will offer valuable advice for those planning to submit to the anthology. There will be an opportunity for you to put your questions directly to the judges via the chat box and we will also be running a Q&A on our sparkly new Twitter @UVcompetition, so follow us for all the latest news and updates.

Our all-star judging panel for Undiscovered Voices 2024 includes five UK literary agents and two editors:

Zoë Plant, literary agent at The Bent Agency

Amber Caravéo, literary agent and Director of Skylark Literary

Jenny Savill, literary agent and Managing Director of Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Saffron Dodds, Associate Agent at ASH Literary

Louise Lamont, literary agent at LBA

Sarah Stewart, Senior Commissioning Editor at Usborne

Linas Alsenas, Executive Editor at Scholastic UK

Our fabulous Honorary Chair will be announced very soon!

Booking for this free event will open soon so keep checking the SCBWI-BI events pages for the latest updates here.

The Undiscovered Voices project runs every two years and aims to help fresh, diverse new voices in children’s literature find agents and publishers. The Undiscovered Voices anthology will include at least twelve fiction extracts – from early readers to young adult novels – from SCBWI members in the UK and EU. The anthology will be published in January 2024 and sent free of charge to editors 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.

Authors and illustrators from the eight previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for more than 440 books and have been nominated for, or won, more than 200 literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Branford Boase Award, Blue Peter Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and more than 30 regional awards.

Who can enter? UV2024 is FREE to enter, but only unagented and unpublished members of SCWBI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible. Full rules and eligibility criteria can be found here.

When does the competition open? Submissions will be accepted between 15th June and 20th July 2023 via an online submissions process. 

Who were the UV2022 finalists? Why not check out the stunning anthology entries from the last competition, so you can see the quality and enjoy the talent. Download the UV2020 Anthology for free HERE.

If you would like to know more about how the competition has supported writers and helped them achieve their dreams of being published authors, why not check out this wonderful blog by our fabulous 2014 finalist Claire Fayers. Guest Blog – Why should you enter UV2024 

We are so looking forward to seeing you all at our Kick Off event on the 27th April.

From all of us at Team UV2024. 

*Images: Courtesy of Team UV 2024.


Stephanie Cotela is the Network News & Events Editor at Words & Pictures magazine. 

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