Diversity in Literature
Writers of color: The New Visions Award has been announced by Tu Books, the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery imprint of Lee & Low Books. It will be given for “a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color.” The winner will get $1000 and a publication contract; an honor award winner will get $500. Children of color should be able to identify with and relate to the novel. Authors submitting a novel must include a synopsis of the story and the first three chapters (don’t send the entire manuscript) by October 30.
The manuscripts will be judged by editors of Tu Books and Lee & Low books. The finalists will be announced and full manuscripts requested no later than January 15, 2013, and the winners will be announced by March 31, 2013. Make sure to check out eligibility requirements and rules for submissions.
“I’m hopeful that this wonderful new award will allow all kinds of young readers to cheer not just for fair-skinned Narnians, tweedy detectives and uniformed wizards with English accents, and the grey-eyed heroes of Middle Earth and Panem, but also for newly-imagined swarthier heroes with African hair, Asian eyes, or Latina accents,” said award-winning author Mitali Perkins.
Promote literacy: More than $4.8 million was raised for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) during five-week Macy’s Be Book Smart campaign. As a result, RIF will distribute more than 1.6 million books to children in need. During the campaign, Macy’s customers were urged to donate $3 to help provide books for kids in their communities. Customers that donated were given $10 off a $50 purchase at the department store. During the campaign, there were in-store appearances by NFL players reading their favorite children’s books in Boston, Denver, Scottsdale, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. In the past eight years, Macys has raised $28.5 million for RIF, the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit organization. RIF has given 400 million books to disadvantaged children since 1966.
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