Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Announcing: SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award

We're excited to announce a new award from the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)! 

The On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award will be given to two writers or illustrators who are from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America. The SCBWI announced the new annual Award at the 41st annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles. The purpose of the Award is to inspire and further the emergence of diverse writers and illustrators of children's books. Please note the deadline is November 15, 2012.

Any writer or writer/illustrator from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America. The manuscript must be an original work written in English for young readers and may not be under contract.  The applicant must over 18, be unpublished and should not yet have representation.

Two writers or writer/illustrators will each receive an all-expenses paid trip to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York to meet with editors and agents, a press release to publishers, a year of free membership to SCBWI, and an SCBWI mentor for a year.

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.  The winners will be announced December 15, 2012 and the award presented at the 2013 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York. 

Application Procedure:
All applications will be accepted via email at Voices@scbwi.org.  Include the following in the body of the email:
1. An autobiographical statement and career summary in less than 250 words.

2. Why your work will bring forward an underrepresented voice in less than 250 words.

A synopsis of your manuscript in less than 250 words. 
Attached to the email:
4. A PDF of your entire manuscript.  If the manuscript is not complete, it is not eligible.

The SCBWI established the On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award in 2012 with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation. The grant was created to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books. Please visit the SCBWI website for more information, at www.scbwi.org.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Short fiction contest online!

Fiction500.com is a website dedicated to excellence in short fiction, and I'm very excited to announce that I'll be helping judge a contest there at the end of the month. Enter your 500-word submission for the chance to win cash prizes and critiques! Here is the fabulous photo prompt to inspire your stories:

The participating judges are agents Natalie Lakosil (Bradford Literary Agency), Elise Capron (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency), Vickie Motter (Andrea Hurst Literary Management), and myself! Learn more about this contest and how to submit at Fiction500.

This contest is open until October 31, 2012, or until 500 entries are received.

Happy writing!
~ Taylor 

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