$35,000 Book Contest – partnership from Penguin & We Need Diverse Books


In 1974, the Council on Interracial Books sponsored a writing contest seeking out diverse voices. Mildred D. Taylor was the winner of the African-American segment for the manuscript that became Song of the Trees (Dial, 1975), her first book. It introduced the Logan family and was followed by Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976), which won the Newbery Medal.

Forty years later, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books™, Penguin Young Readers celebrates this momentous publication by launching a debut children’s fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14.

Submit your manuscript for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01:01 AM Eastern Time on April 26, 2016 and 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on June 21, 2016. Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, aged 18 and older.

Judging will begin on or about June 28, 2016, and one winner will be chosen from the final group of ten (10) submissions narrowed down from all entries received. Entries will be judged based on (i) overall storytelling; (ii) creativity; (iii) originality; and (iv) writing ability, with equal weight given to each criterion.

** Please note the following:  There is a line in the Official Rules under “How to Enter” that says “All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.”  To clarify, this means that Penguin Random House LLC will not return physical or digital copies of entries submitted.  This is not a grant of rights from entrant to Penguin Random House LLC. **



5 publications that pay writers:

Here is a list of 5 publishers that pay writers.

Pay information has been included for some of these publishers – but not all. Pay rates are often negotiated with the publisher directly. If you want to learn more about negotiating pay, getting a solid client base, and building a freelance writing career, “The No B.S. Guide to Freelance Writing” by Ian Chandler is a good source. 

1. Christian Camp & Conference Association publishes InSite – a magazine for the Christian camp and conference community. They pay 20 cents a word. Their submission guidelines have a direct link to sample issue. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

2. The Writer is a magazine “dedicated to expanding and supporting the work of professional and aspiring writers.” They want articles with clear takeaways for their readers. Queries are preferred. Articles vary from 300 to 3,000 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

3. This Magazine is a Canadian progressive magazine of politics, arts and culture. They publish “background and context to ongoing national issues.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

4.  American Bee Journal is the world’s oldest beekeeping publication. They publish a broad range of topics about bees and beekeeping. They accept article pitches via email. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

5.  The Bulletin is the print publication of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. They are open to non-fiction article and column submissions of interest to science fiction and fantasy writers. They pay 10 cents a word, up to 3,000 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.