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The submission deadline for Lee & Low Books’ annual NEW VOICES AWARD and Tu Books' annual NEW VISIONS AWARD writing contests has been extended.

Manuscripts will be now be accepted through August 15, 2021.

The New Voices Award is for unpublished diverse writers of fiction and nonfiction picture books. Go here for more information and a submission form.

The New Visions Award is for unpublished diverse writers of middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction. Go here for more information and a submission form.

Please help us spread the word and pass along this information to anyone else who might be interested.

We look forward to reading your submission!

The Editors
Lee & Low Books and Tu Books (imprint)
 Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the feedback. ::-)
Picture Books (PB) / Re: back matter
« Last post by Vijaya on July 18, 2021, 06:29 AM »
:welcome Michelle. Given the standard length of PBs, you still have to budget 2-3 pages for front matter and maybe a page for back. Depending on how the book will be bound, the 1st and last pages could be pasted, so for a 24 pg PB you'll want everything to fit in 20-21 pages and for 32 pg in 28 pages.  The art director will take care of these details though.

Here's a great resource by Debbie Ridpath Ohi:  and more here: 
Picture Books (PB) / back matter
« Last post by michelle-orrelle on July 18, 2021, 05:54 AM »
Hi Writers,
I would like to include information as a backmatter.
I understand manuscripts are 24 or 32 pages long.
I am making a dummy, so does this mean I need to have text for 22 pages and 2 pages of back matter or Text 30 pages and 2 pages of backmatter?
Thank you all so much for your input and for your congratulations! At first I felt a bit disheartened but I'm feeling excited about the prospect of creating more in the interim knowing I do have something coming out down the line. I appreciate all your feedback so much!
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Time between booking an illustrator to publication
« Last post by HaroldU on July 17, 2021, 07:20 AM »
This is not at all unusual. These days, two years is probably the fastest you can reasonably expect --a year for the illustrator to work, a few months for production, and nine months (yes!) to get advance promotion and sales efforts lined up (this includes the lead time required by B&N and Amazon). If the illustrator has any other projects already committed, you add more time, which as others have said can be years. The pandemic may have added a month or two to this, but it's not a significant factor.
Picture Books (PB) / MOVED: Marketing/Social Media Companies
« Last post by Vijaya on July 16, 2021, 05:33 PM »
Feels long but sounds about right. I think the pandemic slowed this very slow process down even more than usual.
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