SCBWI has announced that two winners, medina and Amira Kunbargi, are the winners of the 2018 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices award. medina wins for The One Who Loves You The Most, an #ownvoices middle grade novel about a 12-year-old Latinx adoptee who begins exploring their gender and embracing a queer identity. Amira Kunbargi is the author of When A Girl Dreams: The True Story of Fatimah Al-Fihri, Founder of the World’s Oldest University, a nonfiction picture book about a woman who changed the face of education in 9th century Morocco.
The winning manuscripts will be made available to select agents and editors via a secure website.
Kunbargi and medina will also receive an all expense paid trip to the 2019 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles to meet editors, agents, and other industry professionals.
The On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award is part of the SCBWI’s ongoing effort to foster diverse and underrepresented voices in children’s publishing. This is made possible through the generosity of Sue and Martin Schmitt of the 455 Foundation.
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