Contests-Lee and Low Books-New Voices Award

Lee and Low Books sponsors a yearly contest for up and coming Children’s Book writers of color, The New Voices Award.

About the Award

LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD. The Award will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color. 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.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions that we have published include The Blue Roses, winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and Bird, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Cooperative Children’s Book Center “Choices” selection.

Manuscripts will be accepted from May 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012 and must be postmarked within that period.

For more information and to find out about past winners follow the link.

Another note to consider in regards to this contest is that not winning doesn’t necessarily mean not winning.  An artist/writer mentor of mine, Don Tate, entered this contest one year. While his manuscript did not win the New Voices Award, it did win an Honor Award. They then proceeded to continue developing the book and it was published this past Spring.  His new book, It Jes’ Happened, has already received amazing reviews and recognition for its story and the uniqueness of its cutting edge illustrations.  Don’t forget to research the publisher and don’t hesitate to submit your stories. Good luck!


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