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Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award (Deadline: September 30)

Deadline: September 30. Administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, this $1,000 award “recognizes unpublished manuscripts of Jewish fiction targeting ages 8-13…to encourage aspiring authors of Jewish children’s books.” For this award’s purposes, an “unpublished author” is defined “as not having previously published any works of fiction for young readers. This includes self-published as well as commercially published work. The manuscript must be a work of fiction in English with universal appeal of Jewish content for readers aged 8-13 years, both Jewish and non-Jewish. It should reveal positive aspects of Jewish life. Short stories are not acceptable.” NB: “While AJL cannot guarantee publication, the prize money has been an incentive for writers with varying experience to try their hands at writing for this genre. The award carries prestige in the publishing world and several Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award winners have subsequently been published.”