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New Voices in Children's Literature: The Tassy Walden Awards

May 19, 2010
Starts at 07:00 PM | Free

This annual competition presented by the Shoreline Arts Alliance encourages and nurtures the creation and publication of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators. An award of $250 is presented to the winners in each of five categories as judged by publishing industry experts including: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book, Illustrator's Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel and Young Adult/Teen Novel.

 

All submissions to the New Voices in Children's Literature competition must adhere to Call for Entry requirements and are evaluated pursuant to children's book publishing standards and guidelines in a two-tier process. Nationally recognized literary agents make an initial selection of submission finalists in each award category after which acclaimed editors determine awards and, if applicable, honorable mention recognition. Awards and honorable mention are determined at the discretion of the judges.

10th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Reception

New Voices in Children's Literature: Tassy Walden Awards are judged on the basis of literary and/or artistic merit and quality. Awards are not for didactic intent or for popularity. In evaluating submissions, judges consider excellence achieved among the following areas:

For Writers: Establishment of the theme; plot development; character development; depiction of setting; suitability of material for a child audience; overall presentation, including clarity, accuracy and organization of material

For Illustrators: Artistic technique; ability to convey story, theme, characters, plot, information, setting and mood through pictures; suitability of style of illustration fo a child audience.

The Call for Entry submission deadline for the New Voices in Children's Literature: 10th Annual Tassy Walden Awards was February 5, 2010. If you missed this year's entry deadline check back at this site for information on the 2011 contest. All applicants will be notified of the judges' decisions in early May. On May 19, 2010, the Shoreline Arts Alliance will celebrate the 10th anniversary of this renowned competition, honor finalists and present awards at 7pm at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, CT.

 
 

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