I am a finalist for the New Visions Award presented by Tu Books and Lee & Low Books.
“The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color.”
Myself and the other four finalists are blogging for the next few weeks until the award-winner is announced. Here’s the first posting:
Ibi Zoboi, Brooklyn, NY
I’ve known about Tu Books since its Kickstarter campaign. I did get a little teary-eyed watching that video because a whole world had opened up for me. Not just for me as a writer, but for me as a reader, educator, and parent. I was probably one of Tu Books’ first contributors, having prematurely sent an unpolished manuscript. I’ve been at this writing thing for quite some time—submitting, revising, re-submitting—all while reading the online conversations around diversity in children’s books. There were some good discussions but they were just that—discussions. I was doing my part as a writer by working on my craft and submitting work. What were agents and editors on the other side of the gate doing to actually shift the dynamics and raise the number of books published for children of color?
You can read the rest of my interview here and learn more about the other finalists!