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SCBWI Announces Emerging Voices Winners


Congratulations to Paul Ruffins and Jhizet Panosian, the winners of the 2022 SCBWI Emerging Voices Award.

Jhizet Panosian won for DEAR ASH, DEAR ZERYA, a young adult novel about the friendship between two teenagers, one a former Armenian refugee from Iran, one a migrant living in a Greek refugee camp, who meet through an online fandom for pop star Shawn Mendes.

Paul Ruffins won for THE SPED SQUAD AND THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF SHORT BUS FOUR. In this middle grade novel, a disabled student named Adeben unites with his friends to uncover the mystery of who destroyed their school bus. 

The winning manuscripts will be made available to select agents and editors via a secure website. Ruffins and Panosian will each receive $1,000, as well as free tuition to the 2022 Summer Conference and a special Round Table Pitch session with an agent or editor.


CLICK HERE for more information on how to apply.