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.

The New Visions Award is modeled after Lee & Low’s successful New Voices Award, which was established in 2000 and is given annually to a picture book written by an unpublished author of color. This award has led to the publication of several award-winning children’s books, including It Jes’ Happened by Don Tate and Bird by Zetta Elliott.


The New Visions contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published.

Manuscripts will be accepted now through October 31, 2014. The winner of the New Visions Award will receive a prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500. For further details, including full eligibility and submission guidelines, please visit the New Visions Award page.

If you have any questions about submissions, eligibility, or anything else, feel free to drop them in the comments and we’ll try to answer them. And please spread the word to any aspiring authors you know who might be interested. We look forward to reading your entries!

Further reading:

Meet Our New Visions Finalists, Part I

Meet Our New Visions Finalists, Part II

Meet Our New Visions Finalists, Part III

Meet Our New Visions Finalists, Part IV

Meet Our New Visions Finalists, Part V: Diversity in Genre Fiction



  1. Posted June 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Is an American citizen living abroad ineligible?

  2. Loui
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    My color is white, in this wonderful age of equality does that count?

  3. Posted June 14, 2014 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    may we submit a comic book between 5-20 pages

  4. Hannah
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Hi Nick,
    Unfortunately right now we are only accepting manuscripts.

  5. Hannah
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Hi Loui,
    No, you are welcome to submit through our general submissions process but only people of color are eligible for this award.

  6. Hannah
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Bethany,
    We look for authors who will be in the US to help promote their titles once they are released. If you are currently abroad but planning to return back to the US within the next year, you are eligible. Otherwise you can still submit via our regular submission process, but you would not be eligible for this award.

  7. marrisa
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Are Romani eligible to submit?

  8. Posted July 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Does Chinese count as a person of color? Does the focus of the work have to be on the color, or is that a rule for eligibility and not the writing?

  9. Posted October 1, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Are self-published authors allowed to submit.

  10. Posted October 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately self-published authors are not eligible for New Visions Award.

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