Monday, 5 December 2011

Undiscovered Voices 2012 Anthology Winners

We interrupt this service for a very important announcement.

tall tales & short stories was proud to have been part of the Undiscovered Voices 2012 Blog Tour and as I've just been sent the press release of the chosen winners I had to share their good news.

London – Thirteen promising, unpublished UK writers and, for the first time, six unpublished illustrators, were selected from hundreds of submissions to be included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) anthology, titled Undiscovered Voices 2012. The anthology features 4,000-word extracts of novels written for children and black and white illustrations on the theme of ‘undiscovered voices’.

We are delighted to showcase an array of enchanting new voices from amongst SCBWI British Isles members – this time both in words and pictures,” said Natascha Biebow, Regional Advisor (Chair) of the SCBWI in the British Isles. “We are confident that they won’t stay undiscovered for very long.

SCBWI congratulates the following 13 authors and their novel extracts that will be included in the 2012 anthology:

Skulk by Rosie Best, London
Dragons Do. Dodos Don’t. by Veronica Cossanteli, Southampton
Gabbleratchet by Sandra Greaves, Devon
The Executioner’s Child by Jane Hardstaff, London
Felix Munroe: Hell’s Angel by Deborah Hewitt, Cheshire
Kalahari by David Hofmeyr and Zoe Crookes, London
Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones, Lancashire
To Dance with the Wind by Rachel Latham, Cumbria
To Destiny or Death! by Maureen Lynas, Cleveland
Boonie by Richard Masson, Cornwall
Touch by Rachel Wolfreys, Manchester
Magpie by Jo Wyton, Oxfordshire

Every year I’m amazed and thrilled by the range of stories in this anthology, but I truly believe that this year will prove to be a vintage year,” said award-winning author Malorie Blackman, honorary chair for the 2012 anthology. Blackman has written more than 50 books including the Noughts and Crosses series and Boys Don’t Cry. “The quality of the writing is outstanding.

From the two previous anthologies in 2008 and 2010, 13 of the 24 selected authors have received publishing contracts and sold more than 50,000 books. These authors have been nominated for and won an amazing array of literary prizes: including winning the Bedfordshire Children's Book of the Year, being shortlisted for 17 regional awards, the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award. We’ve had two titles shortlisted for Blue Peter awards and one title long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.

We are delighted by the success of the first two anthologies,” Biebow said. “It’s exciting to see novels that were initially printed as extracts in the anthologies in bookshops and winning major prizes. We hope that both the writers and illustrators in the 2012 edition will have similar success.

The following six illustrations will be featured in the 2012 anthology. These artists created black and white drawings in response to the prompt of ‘undiscovered voices’.

Birdsong by Julia Groves, East Anglia
And so Chairogo brought forth the stolen voice... by Amber Hsu, London
Talking With Birds by Heather Kilgour, London
Viking Makes a Discovery by Nicola Patten, Berkshire
By the Light of the Moon by Rachel Quarry, Buckinghamshire
Isolya by Shana Nieburg-Suschitzky, London

Each illustrator’s work was chosen on the basis of storytelling or narrative potential, good composition, drawing and concept skills, appropriateness for the 7+ readership and the ability to grab the attention of the viewer.

The impressive work that SCBWI British Isles volunteers do with Working Partners in creating the Undiscovered Voices anthology is in the vanguard of what SCBWI does across the world to promote new voices and quality in children’s literature,” Bridget Strevens-Marzo, SCBWI International Illustrator Advisor. “How exciting in this third edition, that unpublished fiction illustrators can for the first time add their vision to such a professional production.

In early 2012, Undiscovered Voices will be sent free of charge to UK editors and agents, and for the first time this year, will be sent to art directors and illustration agents focusing on children’s literature. The anthology features an introduction from best-selling children’s author Malorie Blackman and artwork and introduction from renowned children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Best of luck to all the writers and illustrators in Undiscovered Voices and congratulations too to SCBWI and Working Partners for bringing about such a brilliant showcase for emerging talent,” added Nick Sharratt, children’s book author, award-winning illustrator, and honorary illustrator chair for Undiscovered Voices 2012.

The submissions were anonymously selected by the following panel of editors, agents and art directors:
Stephanie Alexander-Jinks, Artworks Illustration Agency
Anna Billson, Art Director Penguin Children’s Books
Val Brathwaite, Art Director Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Jo Anne Cocadiz, book buyer/seller for Foyles children’s books department
Amber Caraveo, Editorial Director at Orion Children’s Books
Julia Churchill, Literary Agent for Greenhouse Literary Agency
Tamlyn Francis, Arena Illustrators Agency
Dagmar Gleditzsch, Literary Scout
David McDougall, Art Director Walker Books
Catherine Pellegrino, Literary Agent for Catherine Pellegrino and Associates
Jasmine Richards, Senior Commissioning Editor at Oxford University Press
Jenny Savill, Literary Agent at Andrew Nurnberg Associates
Rachel Boden, Commissioning Editor at Egmont.

Because the anthology is also designed to be a learning tool for up-and-coming children’s writers and artists, quotes from the judges – discussing the merits of each piece and why each piece was selected – are included at the end of each piece.

Working Partners Ltd, a London-based company that creates series fiction for children and teens, provided the financial support that made this anthology possible along with supplementary funds provided by SCBWI for the illustration content.

Working Partners is delighted to sponsor this wonderful project which helps writers and illustrators seeking to grow,” said Chris Snowdon, Managing Director, Working Partners Ltd.

The selected authors and illustrators for the 2012 edition will attend the anthology launch party with agents, editors and art directors in February 2012.


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 organization in the world.
Through our events and resources, the SCBWI British Isles region aims to help writers and illustrators develop their craft. Find out more about SCBWI-BI.
Find out more about Undiscovered Voices

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