Lee & Low Books, an award-winning multicultural children’s book publisher, is encouraging authors to enter this year’s New Voices Award, now in its 18th year. Founded in 2000, Lee & Low presents this award yearly to a promising unpublished author of color who has written an amazing picture book.
The finalist receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a standard publishing contract with an advance payment and royalties. A runner-up will receive a cash prize of $500.
Authors may enter if they meet these requirements:
- The author must not have an agent.
- Manuscript is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for readers ages 5-12.
- Author self-identifies as a person of color or a Native/indigenous person.
- Resides in the United States, is 18 years or older, and not a published author of a children’s picture book.
- Work published in other venues and genres, including children’s magazines, young adult, and adult fiction or nonfiction, is allowed.
- Manuscript embraces and explores the needs of children of color or native children by delivering stories with which readers can identify and which nurture better understanding of one another. Themes identifying with non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities are also of high relevance.
- Stories with humanlike animal characters are not accepted.
- Manuscript length is 1500 words or less.
The New Voices Award is free to enter.
Deadline: September 30, 2017. [ Enter the New Voices Award ]