Category Archives: Awards

Submissions Now Open for Our New Voices and New Visions Award Writing Contests

Submissions for our twenty-third annual New Voices Award and our tenth annual New Visions Award are now open! Do you or someone you know write for young readers? Are you a writer of color or Indigenous/Native writer hoping to break into the publishing industry for the first time? Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to have your work considered for publication by Lee & Low Books.

The New Voices Award and the New Visions Award encourage writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers to submit their work to Lee & Low Books, a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Winners of each award receive a $2,000 cash prize and a first-time publishing contract with Lee & Low Books.

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Lee & Low Books Announces the 2022 New Visions Award Winner

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New York, NY—Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, is thrilled to announce the results of its ninth annual New Visions Award for new authors of color. This year, Nicki Jay has won the New Visions Award for her manuscript, The Marassa: Birth*Life*Death Book I.

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Announcing Lee & Low Books’ 2021 New Voices Award Winner and Honor

New York, NY—January 18, 2022—LEE & LOW BOOKS is proud to announce that Maleeha Malik of Baltimore, Maryland, is the winner of the company’s twenty-second annual New Voices Award. Her picture-book manuscript At Home in My Skin features a child with vitiligo—a skin disorder that causes depigmentation—who embraces their individuality by drawing connections between their skin’s ever-changing patterns and the designs in nature.

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Deadline Extended for Our New Voices and New Visions Award Writing Contests

New Voices and New Visions Award Writing Contests

The deadline for our twenty-second annual New Voices Award and our ninth annual New Visions Award have been extended! The new deadline to submit your manuscript is August 15, 2021.

The New Voices Award and the New Visions Award encourage writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers to submit their work to Lee & Low Books, a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Winners of each award receive a $2,000 cash prize and a first time publishing contract with Lee & Low Books.

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Submissions Now Open for Our New Voices and New Visions Award Writing Contests

New Voices and New Visions Award banner

Submissions for our twenty-second annual New Voices Award and our ninth annual New Visions Award are now open! Do you or someone you know write for young readers? Are you a writer of color or Indigenous/Native writer hoping to break in to the publishing industry for the first time? Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to have your work considered for publication by Lee & Low Books.

The New Voices Award and the New Visions Award encourage writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers  to submit their work to Lee & Low Books, a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Winners of each award receive a $2,000 cash prize and a first time publishing contract with Lee & Low Books.

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Lee & Low Books Announces the 2021 New Visions Award Winner and Honor

New Visions Award sealNew York, NY—Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, is thrilled to announce the results of its eighth annual New Visions Award writing contest. Established to increase the number of authors of color writing for children and teens, the New Visions Award is given to a middle grade or young adult manuscript by a new author of color or Indigenous/Native author. Winners receive a cash prize and publishing contract with Lee & Low Books. This year, Tiffany Golden has won the New Visions Award for her manuscript, Rikki and Rai: The Everyday and Sometimes Epic Adventures of the Tucker Sisters. The honor goes to Ana Rodriguez Ellickson for Roman the Renegade. Continue reading

Congratulations to NAACP Image Award Winner She Was the First!

We’re so excited to share that She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Eric Velasquez is the 52nd Annual NAACP Image Award Winner in the Outstanding Literature Work – Children’s category!

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Announcing Lee & Low Books’ 2020 New Voices Award Winner and Honor

New Voices Award WinnerNew York, NY—January 19, 2021—LEE & LOW BOOKS is excited to announce that Vanessa Lewis of Hawthorne, California, is the winner of the company’s twenty-first annual New Voices Award. Her picture-book manuscript, Shamu, addresses homelessness in America through the story of a young girl whose resourcefulness and confidence help her meet everyday challenges at home and school.

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Interview: New Visions Award Winner Tracy Occomy Crowder

Recently, we announced that Tracy Occomy Crowder has won the seventh annual New Visions Award for her manuscript, Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key. In this blog post, we ask Tracy about her inspiration behind her winning manuscript and her writing experience.

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Lee & Low Books Announces 2020 New Visions Award Winner

After this week’s sad news about our co-founder, we are happy to be able to share some happy news to end the week!

Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, is thrilled to announce the results of its seventh annual New Visions Award for new authors of color. This year, Tracy Occomy Crowder has won the New Visions Award for her manuscript, Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key.

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