Attention, Asian authors: Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014

I’m sharing this for the benefit of friends and followers who may be interested. It’s a good opportunity for authors to get exposure and publishing opportunities in the region. 🙂

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The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic. SABA recognises children’s writers of Asian origin and their efforts to celebrate Asian life and experiences, and share them with the world. The award also aims to promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms.

The Scholastic Asian Book Award is awarded every two years to an unpublished manuscript (original or translation) targeted at children aged 6 to 18 years, written by writers of Asian descent, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above.

  • The manuscript must be unpublished or uncontracted to a publisher until the prize is announced.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • The manuscript must be a chapter book or novel of 6,000 words or more.
  • Previously published authors can submit unpublished manuscripts.
  • The story must be set in Asia.
  • The work must be original or a translation of an original work.
  • Entries should not be accompanied by illustrations.

The best manuscript will be awarded the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA), and win a prize of S$10,000 and a plaque. The winning manuscript will be considered by Scholastic Asia for publication. The first and second runners-up will be awarded plaques and offered advice by Scholastic Asia on editing their manuscripts to submit for publication.

You can read the rest of the mechanics and download the entry form on the official website:

Good luck! 🙂

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