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2020 Amazing Women’s Edition Contest student book competition

5 December 2019

Deadline: January 6, 2020 Fee: None Prize: $500 and Publication of Book View Contest

Tell us about an amazing woman. The National Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 Amazing Women’s Edition Contest student book competition. Students are tasked to get to know women in their communities and tell us about the heroines. The contest is open to students in grades K-8. Prizes include $500 for the student(s), $250 for the teacher or parent advisor and the book is published and donated to schools and libraries across the country.

  • Each entry must incorporate the theme of Local Heroines.
  • From the time of submission, entries become the property of the National Youth Foundation and will not be returned.
  • All students must be in grades K to 8 and live in the United States.
  • Both the text and art must be solely created by the students.  Typed text is preferred, but not required.
  • One book entry per person.
  • Each submission must include one page of art for each page of text, except for the cover, back and dedication pages.  The back and dedication pages are optional.
  • Each book must be between 20 and 30 pages. The cover, dedication and back pages do not count towards this number
  • The book entry must be postmarked by January 6, 2020.
  • An entry form must be submitted with each book entry (Click here to download form)
  • Individual entry forms must be signed by each student participant and their parent or legal guardian.
  • Students can work individually or in teams (maximum of 22 students).
  • The book must be submitted in the order of publication.
  • The pages should be numbered on the back in light pencil.
  • All pages must be submitted on 8 ½” x 11″ or 9″ x 12″ paper.
  • Mail your complete entry to: National Youth Foundation, 873 East Baltimore Pike, Box #644, Kennett Square, PA 19348
  • The winners will be announced on our website on or before March 26, 2020.

Visit the website for details: http://www.nationalyouthfoundation.org/amazing-womens-edition/

The New Voices Award 2019: Writing Contest for Picture Books by Authors of Color and Native Nations

23 June 2019

The New Voices Award is given annually by children’s book publisher Lee & Low Books for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color and Native nations to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions 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 Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor.

2018 Winner and Honor

SD Youngwolf of Moffat, Colorado is the winner of the company’s nineteenth annual New Voices Award for his manuscript, The Echo PeopleThe Echo People is the story of two children who go on a special journey with their grandfather and, through their different experiences, learn how we create our own realities through the words and actions we give to the world. Patty Cisneros Prevo of Wheat Ridge, Colorado has received the New Voices Award Honor for her picture book manuscript, Unstoppable: Thirteen Adventures Alongside Athletes with Physical Disabilities. Prevo introduces readers to a variety of modern-day athletes with physical disabilities who have overcome challenging obstacles to achieve great successes in their lives.

Read more about the 2018 winner and honor recipients.

Eligibility

  1. The contest is open to writers of color and Native nations who are residents of the United States, 18 years or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.
  2. Writers who have published work in other venues and genres, including children’s magazines, young adult, and adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted.
  3. Work that has been published in any format, including online and self published, is not eligible.
  4. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to LEE & LOW BOOKS will not be considered.

Submissions

  1. Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color and Native nations by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities may also be included.
  2. Submissions may be FICTION, NONFICTION, or POETRY for children ages 5 to 12. Stories with anthropomorphic animal characters will not be considered.
  3. Manuscripts should be no more than 1500 words in length and accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, brief biographical note, relevant cultural and ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, and publication history, if any.
  4. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on 8-1/2” x 11” paper. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.
  5. Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be mailed separately.
  6. Submissions should be clearly addressed to:
    LEE & LOW BOOKS
    95 Madison Avenue, suite 1205
    New York, NY 10016
    ATTN: NEW VOICES AWARD
  7. Manuscripts may not be submitted to other publishers, mentorship contests, writing contests, or to LEE & LOW’s general submissions while under consideration for this award. 
  8. LEE & LOW BOOKS is not responsible for late, lost, or incorrectly addressed or delivered submissions.

Dates for Submission

All submissions must be postmarked by August 31, 2019If you want to know whether your manuscript has arrived safely, use an express shipping service or USPS Delivery Confirmation. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.

Prize

The Award winner receives a cash prize of $2,000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first-time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Announcement of the Award

  1. The Award and/or Honor Award winners will be notified no later than December 31, 2019. 
  2. We will announce the winners on January 21, 2020.
  3. The judges are the editors of LEE & LOW BOOKS. The decision of the judges is final.
  4. At least one Honor Award will be given each year, but LEE & LOW BOOKS reserves the right not to choose an Award winner.
  5. For FAQ and previous winners, visit leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award.

Check out the New Voices Award Winners & Honors Collection.

Visit the website: https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award

Inkitt.com Call for Novel Submissions

6 December 2018

What You Win

  • $300 USD
  • Contest winner badge on cover picture and promoted on special Novel Contest Winners list
  • Eligible for a future publishing deal

About Us

Inkitt is a new boutique publishing house. Our first novel launched mid-2016, and since then, we’ve published over 50 novels.

Curious to know more? Read what our published author, Lauren Garcia, says about Inkitt here

Check out our past winners here

Terms of the contest:

  • Submissions close on December 31st, 2018

 

  • 1 winner will be selected
  • Due to the volume of submissions, it could take up to three months (*Subject to Change*) for the winner to be announced
  • The winner is going to be determined by Inkitt based on reader engagement, with votes also counting for 20% of the final decision
  • You must own all rights
  • No entry fee
  • All genres except fan fiction accepted
  • Multiple entries are allowed
  • Novels must be in English
  • You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • If you win, you must be willing to extend your manuscript to the mandatory word count if your word count is below our requirements
  • Required word counts per genre:
  • Erotica – 20,000
  • Romance – 40,000
  • Mystery – 60,000
  • Thriller – 60,000
  • Horror – 60,000
  • Sci-Fi – 80,000
  • Fantasy – 80,000
  • YA – 40,000

How to enter, visit:

https://www.inkitt.com/novelcontest?utm_source=affiliate_writelife

Travelnitch Publishing

26 November 2018

Deadline

Monday, December 31, 2018

Entry Fees

N/A

Prizes

1 talented writer will receive a free printed copy of our book, and featured placement within the publication, including an author’s byline and an optional link to his/her blog or website.

Up to fifty additional writers will be selected for publication, complete with an author’s byline.

10 Runners-up will receive a guest post on the Travelnitch blog.

Description

We’re on the hunt for exceptional writers who can contribute to our debut publication — travel enthusiasts, bloggers, global nomads. If you had a memorable experience abroad that will engage our young readers, please share. Exotic destinations, humorous anecdotes, and cultural quirks, all in 1,000 words or less.

There are no entry fees, but we are seeking original, quality work that aligns with our mission to “turn bookworms into global explorers, connecting kids with a world of adventure.”

Contact Information

Submissions will only be accepted through our website. Questions can be sent to info@travelnitch.pub.

Website

http://travelnitch.pub