Tuesday, 6 October 2009

I'm In Undiscovered Voices 2010 !

I am ridiculously excited to announce that I have been selected as one of the 12 finalists of the British Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Undiscovered Voices 2010 competition. There were 150 entries and the competition was judged by a panel of publishing industry experts - 3 literary agents and 3 publishing editors. There will be an anthology published in February next year that will be sent to all UK and US children's agents and editors!

Full Press Release:

We are proud to announce the following twelve stories and authors will be featured in the British SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2010 anthology:

Adele by Anne M Leone (Anne ML Anderson)
Back from the Dead by Nick Cross
Fifteen Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
One of a Kind by Jude Ensaff (Najoud Ensaff)
From Darkness by Emily George
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin
Not Just the Blues by Claire O’Brien
The Truth about Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne
Vivian Divine and the Days of the Dead by Lauren Sabel
Slugs in the Toilet by Lisa Joy Smith
Blinding Darkness by Abbie Todd
Becoming Invisible by Yona Wiseman

We received nearly 150 submissions from SCBWI members. The response was beyond our wildest expectations both in terms of quantity and quality. These selected stories are a fantastic sample of the submissions we received. The judges endeavoured to select a variety of voices, styles and genre from the anonymous submissions in an effort to demonstrate the array of talent in the British SCBWI.

Undiscovered Voices will be published in February 2010 and distributed at no cost to US and UK-based editors and agents focusing on children’s literature. Best-selling children’s author Melvin Burgess will write an introduction to the book, and we will include judges’ comments for each selected story appearing in the anthology. The book will be available for sale at British SCBWI events after its publication.

The selection process was extremely competitive. Though they will not be included in the anthology, we are also pleased to announce seventeen honorary mentions:

The Biddles – Operation Sugarberg by L.M. Bouri (Leila Bouri)
Low Light by Judith Bunting
Hurrican Zen by JC Button
Vindaloo Victor by Alastair Caygill
Wind-up World by Julienne Durber
Mrs. Pinkerton’s Secret by Jennifer Gray
The Apothecary’s Apprentice by Sue Hyams
The Nightmare Factory by Lucy Jones
Shadow of the Oak by Sharon Jones
A Tale of Magic, Mischief and Mayhem – Book One: A Sinister Secret by Karen Laing
Gurner Gobbit and the Bloodcurdling Bug-Eyed Jawbreaker by Maureen Lynas
The Pocket Watch by Gareth Middleton
The Secret Chickenhouse Theatre by Helen Peters
Tree by Mike Pringle
The Vespertine Hour by Paul Romeo (Paolo Romeo)
The Summoning of Freiya Rolandson by Benjamin Scott
Secretorum Secretissimus by Jeannette Towey

The anthology’s goal is not only to introduce new, promising voices in children’s literature but also elevate British SCBWI in the minds of editors and agents which will help to benefit every SCBWI member.

Special thanks to our judges for their hard work and for their enthusiasm for the project:
Julia Churchill, The Greenhouse Literary Agency; Zoe Duncan, Scholastic Children’s Books; Lindsey Heaven, Puffin Books; Sarah Manson, Literary Agent; Jo Unwin, Conville and Walsh; and Emma Young, Macmillan Children’s Books.

And also thanks goes to Working Partners for their financial support, which makes the anthology possible.


  1. fantastic, nick. well done! omg your life is about to change!

  2. YES! Congratulations, Nick.

    Your stateside pal and fan,


  3. leila Bouri queen of the night
    what a total love and quite smart too
    Leila sugar bug

  4. I missed out on Undiscovered voices - I let my membership lapse in the first year (what a fool!!!) and didn't know about it and then I was taken on by Sophie and agented authors couldn't apply - I was so in awe of all of you that were selected - so much talent!