I've shamelessly lifted the full description of this amazing award opportunity. It's your job to submit!
The SCBWI is dedicated to fostering the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books. The SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award was established in 2012 with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation. The grant will be given to two writers or illustrators who are from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America.
Any writer or writer/illustrator from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America.
(American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander)
The manuscript must be an original work written in English for young readers and may
not be under contract. The applicant must over 18, be unpublished and should not yet have representation.
Two writers or writer/illustrators will each receive an all-expense paid trip to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, a press release to publishers, a year of free membership to SCBWI, and an SCBWI mentor for a year.
Deadline for submission is November 15, 2013. The winners will be announced December 15, 2013 and the award presented at the 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York.
All applications will be accepted via email only between September 15th and November
15th at Voices@scbwi.org and must include the following:
In the body of the e-mail:
1. An autobiographical statement and career summary in less than 250 words.
2. Why your work will bring forward an underrepresented voice in less than 250 words.
3. A synopsis of your manuscript in less than 250 words.
Attached to the e-mail:
4. A PDF of your entire manuscript.
If the manuscript is not complete, it is not eligible.
When your work is published the author/illustrator should include in the acknowledgement "This book was made possible in part by a grant from SCBWI"
The 2012 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award Winners:
Mary Louise Sanchez
The Wind Called My Name - The story of a Hispanic
family in the 1930s in the Southwest.
Cato's Last Home Run - A book about the historic Negro Baseball League.
Astral - A science fiction novel written by a young bi-racial woman from Tennessee.
Here is information on a great writing contest for my Michigan friends...
"On behalf of the Write Michigan committee, I am delighted to announce the Second Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Write Michigan is a statewide writing contest featuring $250 cash prizes for Judges’ and Readers’ Choice winners in each age category. Judges’ Choice runners-up receive $100. The top five stories in each category will be published in the 2014 Write Michigan Anthology. The Write Michigan Short Story Contest allows entries from Michigan residents in three age categories:
· Youth, free submission for ages 11 and under,
· Teen, free submission for ages 12-17, and
· Adult, $10 submission fee for ages 18 and up.
Short story submissions will be accepted online at WriteMichigan.org until November 30, 2013. Stories will be reviewed by librarians and booksellers to determine the semifinalists. The top ten semifinalists’ stories will be available for judges and public review via the website in January 2014. Winners will be announced on February 3. The Awards Ceremony, featuring author Kristina Riggle (a Kentwood native) will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch of KDL where copies of the 2014 anthology will be sold.
For details on how to submit a story, please review the Contest Guidelines. For complete information on the contest, visit www.writemichigan.org. For inspiration, we
suggest reading the 2013 Write Michigan Anthology, available from Chapbook Press for $14.95. The second annual Write Michigan Short Story contest is offered by Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music, Pooh’s Corner and Capital Area District
Please consider sharing this information with your staff, friends, family, neighbors, kids’ English teachers and library customers, especially any writers groups who may be meeting in your facility! Posters and fliers for Write Michigan can be printed from the media kit here. Last year we received 551 short story submissions from 155 unique Michigan zip codes. Many of the entrants indicated they heard about the contest from their local public library so we really appreciate your effort to help spread the word to aspiring authors.
Communications Manager, Kent District Library
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