Kids books written by people of color remain relatively rare, despite shifting demographics. To encourage more writers of color to create kids' books, New York publishing house Lee & Low Books created the New Voices Award in the year 2000. Writer Syliva Liu of Virginia won the award in 2013 for her story A Morning with Gong Gong.
The application period for the 2014 award is NOW OPEN and will run through September 30, 2014. The Award will be given for a children's picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and a standard publication contract, including a basic advance and royalties for a first-time author. An "Honor Award" winner will receive a cash prize of $500.
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