Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators announces the 12 writers featured in its seventh anthology: Undiscovered Voices 2022 :: NEWS

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators announces the 12 writers featured in its seventh anthology: Undiscovered Voices 2022

01 February 2022 Share

The free-to-view anthology has proven a successful path to publication for many writers since its first edition in 2008.

Twelve promising writers – all unagented and unpublished – have been selected for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) anthology, titled Undiscovered Voices 2022. The anthology is available to download for free at

Natascha Biebow and Kathy Evans, Co-Regional Advisors (Co-Chairs) of the SCBWI in the British Isles, said, “We are thrilled to be able to empower and showcase previously unheard voices in this anthology, which is a testament to the high calibre of writing among SCBWI members. We can’t wait to hear the stories of how these undiscovered talents get discovered!” 

The anthology features twelve, 4,000-word extracts of novels written for children and teens, alongside an introduction form 2022’s honorary chair, Patrice Lawrence. 

SCBWI congratulates the following authors whose work will be included in the 2022 anthology: 

  • Alex Atkinson, The Lord of the Hat
  • Alison Clack, Lie or Die
  • Andrew James, Jack Swan’s Phoenix Quest
  • Cara Lovelock, The Rise of Rayne Seawing
  • Emma Norris, The Belongsong 
  • Gerry Rush, When the Hate Gets In
  • Katja Kaine, Evolandia
  • Paula Thompson, Scrap the Bad Wolf
  • Sue Cunningham, Heart and Soul
  • Tom Mann, Zain Sharif and the Heart of Sobek
  • Victoria Benstead-Hume, Planetdown
  • Zoe Jane Cookson, Archie and the Clockwork Soldier 

The extracts were considered anonymously and selected by a distinguished panel of industry experts:·      

  • Davinia Andrew-Lynch, literary agent and the founder of boutique agency, ANDLYN    
  • Megan Carroll, literary agent at Watson, Little Ltd      
  • Sarah Davies, founder and agent at Greenhouse Literary Agency      
  • Jane Griffiths, editorial director at Penguin Random House Children’s Books      
  • Sarah Levison, senior commissioning editor for fiction at Farshore Books      
  • Yasmin Morrissey, commissioning editor at Scholastic     
  • Jo Williamson, literary agent at Antony Harwood Ltd 

The anthology is also designed to be a learning tool for up-and-coming children’s writers so quotes from the judges – discussing the merits of each piece – are included at the end of each extract. 

Authors and illustrators from the seven previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for more than 400 books and have been nominated for or won more than 160 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. 

Working Partners Ltd, a London-based company that creates series fiction for children and teens, provided the financial support to make this and the previous seven anthologies possible.