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NEW VISIONS AWARD: Now Accepting Submission!

Do you or someone you know write for middle grade or young adult readers? Are you an unpublished writer of color or Indigenous/Native writer hoping to break into the publishing industry for the first time?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 a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent.

Submissions for our New Visions Award are open from now through June 30, 2024.

This contest is open to writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a middle grade, young adult or graphic novel published. It’s one way Lee & Low Books uplifts historically marginalized voices in the predominantly white children’s book industry.

Submissions are evaluated on originality, strength of voice, appeal to readers between the ages of 8 to 18, and thought-provoking themes.

The winner receives a standard publication contract, including Lee & Low Books’s basic royalties for a first-time author and an advance in the amount of $15,000.

Previous New Visions winners include Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani, an Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Young Adult honor book; Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh, which received three starred reviews; and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People with two starred reviews.

Watch Shaping Up Your Manuscript: A Conversation With Our Editors for more specific information on what we’re looking for in the craft department. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions about the award.

Visit the New Visions Award page for complete rules and guidelines.

Meet Our New Visions Award Finalists: Part II

Last month we announced the six finalists for our 2015 New Visions Award. The Award recognizes a middle grade or young adult novel in the sci-fi, fantasy, or mystery genres by an unpublished author of color (our first New Visions Award winner, Ink and Ashes, will be released this June!).

As our award committee gets to know the finalists through their novels, we wanted to give our blog readers a chance to get to know these talented writers as well. We asked each finalist some questions. Here are answers from our first two finalists, Grace Rowe and Andrea Wang.

Below, authors Shilpa Kamat and Rishonda Anthony answer:

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Submit Your Novel to Our New Visions Award for New Authors of Color

New Visions Award seal

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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