Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 9, 2016

National Writing Contest – $35,000 and Book Contract

National Writing Contest 

Roll Of Thunder Publishing Contest

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.

PRIZE: The confirmed winner will receive a book publishing contract for the publication of a novel for ages 8-14 by Penguin Random House LLC, with an advance of $35,000, plus royalties as follows: (i) on hardcover, 10% up to 50,000 copies and 12.5% thereafter; (ii) on paperback, 6% up to 50,000 copies and 7% thereafter; (iii) on audio, 8% of net; (iv) ebook, 25% of net; (v) world rights/all subrights at a 50/50 split; and (vi) an option on their next children’s or YA novel.

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. **

Click Here to Submit.

Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Reblogged this on Parenting Today's African American Children and commented:
    Win a Publishing Contract from Penguin Books! Ethnically Diverse authors writing for age 8-14 have until June 21st to Submit. More below…get started! 🙂


    • Are people who have self published a book eligible to participate?


  2. My daughter is an excellent artist and writer but she is 15 years old. Some of her artist work is posted on my facebook-. Tonia S. Richardson-Cherry.:email address is tonia. Cherry@gmail. Com. You will not be disappoint!


  3. I am a 58 Year Old White Female; that has always looked at people with colored glasses. Beautiful rainbow colored glasses. Some people think I am just fooling myself looking through my colored glasses, but I feel that we are all part of that beautiful rainbow.


  4. The rules say it has to be about diversity for ages 8-14. Or is it about having more diverse characters and diverse authors?


  5. Is there a word or page limit?


  6. Where are the rules to enter?


  7. im in!


  8. im in


  9. Diversity is a crucially important topic to explore. It is unclear how segregating eligibility is appropriate; if a call for white only artists was posted its likely protest would ensue. Diversity by nature ought to be inclusive, yes?


  10. Have you selected a winner?


    • Who won this year?


    • I don’t select the winner and I haven’t looked around the Internet to aww if they picked a winner.


  11. Was a winner announced?


  12. Can you please find out for us who won this hear! Thank you so much


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