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Call for Submissions for the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Award

The submission deadline is November 1, 2015.


• A diverse work constitutes: YA (for readers ages 13-18) written by a diverse author, featuring a diverse main character or addressing diversity in a substantial way.

• Must be an original work published in the United States for the first time in 2015.

• May have been originally in another language and translated, but the first publication date in English must be 2015.

What is meant by diverse?

Authors (and main characters) must identify as one or more of the following.

• Person of color

• Native American


• Person with a disability

• Marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States

* Socio-economic status and class do not qualify as diverse for the purposes of this award.

The winner and honorees of the Walter Award will be announced in February 2016. Click here for more on submission guidelines, and visit the WNDB website for its soon-to-be published FAQ and award manual. In the meantime you may direct any questions to WalterAward[@]diversebooks.org.

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