Definition of unpublished in US English:

unpublished

adjective

  • 1(of a piece of writing or music) not issued in print for public sale or consumption.

    • ‘Finding a forgotten notebook at the back of a drawer and realising it is a selection of unpublished pieces written by Virginia Woolf, is to most of us the stuff of dreams.’
    • ‘The result of her research is a new biography, Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson, which includes much unpublished material.’
    • ‘This latest collection, which brings a host of unpublished poems into the public domain, is the perfect marriage of old and new.’
    • ‘Eventually he ascertained that most of the music was unpublished and still awaiting public discovery.’
    • ‘Unlike her more famous brother Felix, much of her music is unpublished, yet her output was extensive.’
    • ‘While going through such varied sources, it is a great joy when one finds an autobiography or a biography or an unpublished piece of writing.’
    • ‘He shared his secret, the unpublished collection of photographs, with the people at Waverley Care.’
    • ‘As well as the music, he has an unpublished novel under the bed and pens short stories in what presumably little spare time he has.’
    • ‘For this part, she has traced an astonishing abundance of literature and unpublished archival material.’
    • ‘The songs are original and unpublished pieces based around the theme of the Jubilee.’
    • ‘I have several unpublished pieces, but they need extensive editing and rewriting.’
    • ‘Each has a library of scores and sound recordings of published and unpublished music supplied by the composers for other musicians' use.’
    • ‘His treatise on calendar reform is also lost as is about half of a posthumous compilation of his unpublished writings.’
    • ‘The elimination of Scots from unpublished writings like local records took some decades longer.’
    • ‘She was a strong writer but her works were private and unpublished, and, therefore, invisible to the public.’
    • ‘Much of the collection is unique unpublished material which underpins music performance and research in Australia.’
    • ‘We considered all published and unpublished material, with no restrictions on date or language.’
    • ‘Among the several unpublished pieces that are found among Baraka's manuscripts there is much of interest.’
    • ‘In some, only nominations and no awards - a surprise, not a single piece of unpublished creative work won a prize.’
    • ‘He has completed a book of boyhood memoirs and a handbook on creative writing, both unpublished.’
    private, personal, intimate, privileged, quiet
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    1. 1.1 (of an author) having no writings issued in print.
      • ‘Other annual writing competitions are open to unpublished writers, but note that some unfortunately, ask for an entry fee.’
      • ‘This is the most prestigious competition for unpublished writers of children's books in Britain.’
      • ‘There's no greater feeling for a neophyte author than having an unpublished writer look up to you as a mentor.’
      • ‘I imagined the background hum of voices was the sound of unpublished authors begging at her feet.’
      • ‘The implication - that Jensen was an impoverished unpublished author - was hardly accurate.’
      • ‘Her son Konstantin, an unpublished writer loves Nina but she is in love with Trigorin, Arkadina's lover and a famous writer.’
      • ‘So what am I saying - that new and as yet unpublished writers have to work to higher standards than established names like Grisham and Christie?’
      • ‘I personally hope that Belle is Belle, whoever that may be, and that she is a previously unpublished author set to take the publishing world by storm.’
      • ‘For every published writer out there there are at least a dozen unpublished who could be.’
      • ‘She might guess at my eagerness, but then, that's practically a hallmark of unpublished authors.’
      • ‘She tries to give writers who are previously unpublished a chance to write.’
      • ‘The play happens in the flat of Ed, a computer geek who is a budding and as yet unpublished author.’
      • ‘I am a 28-year-old as yet unpublished writer living and working in Bolton.’
      • ‘Unlike many professors of creative writing, Merriam was generous with unpublished writers.’
      • ‘I'm complaining about a life just outside every failed or unpublished writer's reach.’
      • ‘Should unpublished writers starting out worry about copyrighting material before sending it out to publishers and agents?’

Pronunciation

unpublished

/ˌənˈpəbliSHt//ˌənˈpəblɪʃt/