Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award

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The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award

Frances Lincoln Limited, the award-winning publisher, and Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books, are proud to announce the second Diverse Voices Award in memory of Frances Lincoln (1945 - 2001), to encourage and promote diversity in children's fiction.

The purpose of The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award is to:
• Take positive steps to increase the representation of people writing from or about different cultural perspectives, whose work is published in Britain today.
• Promote new writing for children, especially by or about people whose culture and voice are currently under-represented.
• Recognise that as children's books shape our earliest perceptions of the world and its cultures, promoting writing that represents diversity will contribute to social and cultural tolerance.
• Support the process of writing rather than, as with the majority of prizes, promoting the publication.

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or in terms of the ethnic and cultural origins of its author. The prize of £1,500, plus the option for Frances Lincoln Children's Books to publish the novel, will be awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8-to-12-year-olds by a writer, aged 16 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children. The writer may have contributed to an anthology of prose or poetry. The work must be written in English and it must be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 35,000 words. The closing date for all entries is 26th February 2010. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books, at the beginning of June 2010.

The distinguished panel of judges includes:
• Trevor Phillips - Chair of The Equality and Human Rights Commission
• Jake Hope - Children's Librarian for Lancashire Libraries, and a freelance consultant
• Geraldine Brennan - Journalist and former Books Editor at the Times Educational Supplement
• Janetta Otter-Barry - Editorial Director, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
• Mary Briggs - Co-Founder of Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Children's Book Award
is supported by Frances Lincoln Limited and
Arts & Business through their New Partners Investment Scheme.

Full details and entry forms can be downloaded from www.sevenstories.org.uk/stepinside/diversevoices.php

Alternatively, contact the Award Co-ordinator, Helena McConnell by email
E: diversevoices@sevenstories.org.uk
Press enquiries to: Nicky Potter T: 020 8 889 9735 E: nicpot@dircon.co.uk

Frances Lincoln Limited was founded by Frances Lincoln in 1977. In 1983 the company started to publish illustrated books for children. Since then it has won many awards and prizes with both fiction and non-fiction children's books. Best-selling titles include Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman with illustrated by Caroline Binch, and We are Britain by Benjamin Zephaniah with photographs by Prodeepta Das.

Frances Lincoln died, aged 55, in February 2001. She was described by Julia Eccleshare in the TES as "the publisher best known for pioneering multicultural books for children." Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate June 2007 - 2009, commented that," Publishing has lost a brave and innovative person who has left behind her, much too soon, a thriving legacy."

Frances's husband, John Nicoll, now runs the company. Frances Lincoln publish well over 100 new books a year, and have nearly 1000 in print. Their turnover is around £7 million per annum and they employ about 40 people.

For more information go to www.franceslincoln.com


Takeshita Demons, by Cristy Burne, a potent mix of contemporary adventure and manga-style fantasy featuring demons from Japanese folklore, won the first Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award in April 2009.

Cristy won prize money of £1,500 and is working with Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children's Books to publish her novel. Cristy accepted the award at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books, saying:

"This award is a tremendous opportunity for writers to showcase and share voices and stories from all over the world. I am thrilled that Miku and her adventures have met with such a great response and I can't wait to share her with a wider audience."

Follow Cristy at http://cristyburne.wordpress.com as she works with Janetta and the children's publishing team at Frances Lincoln Ltd. Takeshita Demons will be published in June 2010. Janetta thought the book was so exceptional that she has signed Cristy to write a further two adventures to make a trilogy.


The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award is administered by Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books and supported by Frances Lincoln Limited and Arts & Business through their New Partners Investment Scheme.

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