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New Visions Award FAQs

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Note: The New Voices and New Visions writing contests are currently on a temporary hiatus. A follow-up announcement will come in 2024.

The New Visions Award is open to all authors of color and Indigenous authors who have not previously published a middle grade or young adult novel or graphic novel. The winner receives a cash prize of $2,000 and our standard publication contract, including an advance and royalties. An Honor winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

In general, we are looking for middle grade and young adult novels and graphic novels with a strong voice, a commercial hook, great school market appeal, and an entrancing plot. Check out the archives of our webinar on preparing your manuscript for more specific information on what we’re looking for in the craft department.
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Submit Your Novel to Our New Visions Award for New Authors of Color

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We are thrilled to announce that submissions for our second annual New Visions Award are now open! The New Visions Award, which was created in 2012, will be given to a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. Established by Tu Books, an imprint of LEE & LOW that publishes YA and middle grade science fiction and fantasy, the award is a fantastic chance for new authors of color to break into the world of publishing for young readers.

With the recent uproar over the lack of diversity at this year’s BookCon that led to the creation of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, to articles in the New York Times by Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers addressing the lack of diversity in children’s books, it’s obvious that readers want to see more writers of color represented. It is our hope that the New Visions Award will help new authors begin long and successful careers and bring new perspectives and voices to the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery genres.

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