Lee & Low Books / New Voices Award

Happy Thursday, everyone! :)

Here’s an announcement from Lee & Low Books that might interest some of our members.

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LEE & LOW BOOKS/NEW VOICES AWARD

Our fourteenth annual New Voices Award writing contest is now open for submissions!

The Award is given annually by LEE & LOW BOOKS for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The contest encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past winners include Bird by Zetta Elliott and It Jes’ Happened by Don Tate.

Contest Submission

Writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published are eligible. The Award winner receives a cash grant of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash grant of $500.

Manuscripts will be accepted through September 30, 2013. See the full submissions guidelines here.

Spread the Word

Did you know that last year, books written by authors of color made up less than seven percent of the total number of books published (see these CCBC stats)? The New Voices Award is one way to help new authors of color break into publishing. We hope you’ll help us by forwarding on this email; sharing the contest on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest; and of course, letting people know through good old word-of-mouth.

Thanks, and we look forward to reading this year’s submissions!

Happy Writing,

The LEE & LOW Editors

P.S. Do you write middle grade or young adult science fiction, fantasy, or mystery-or know someone who does? Check out our New Visions Contest, established by our Tu Books imprint! (More details will be forthcoming in June, 2013.)

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and As the Eraser Burns. In the past, she's been a waitress, bartender, telemarketer, secretary, golf course cook, real estate agent, and during her broke college days, one of those costumed characters at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she decided to pursue her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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