The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Awards

Competition Season for Jewish Children’s Literature

The Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award

Now is the time to get in gear to prepare your manuscript for the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award. Established by Sydney’s husband, Ralph, and first awarded in 1985, this competition has inspired many aspiring authors to send in their very best work.

2004 winner, Brenda Ferber, Cara's Kitchen, published by FSG as Julia's Kitchen, 2006

Who is eligible: An unpublished author, Jewish or non-Jewish

What: A work of fiction in English with universal appeal of Jewish content that reveals positive aspects of Jewish life, for readers aged 8 to 11

The award: A cash award of $1,000 for the best manuscript

2002 winner, Karen Schwabach, A Pickpocket's Tale, published by Random House, 2006

If you want to submit, please read the full rules and complete the official application and release form.

When: Submit by December 15

To Whom: Aileen Grossberg
204 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042-2903

For more information and to see the list of previous winners, see the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award web page.

Competition coordinator Aileen Grossberg will be talking about this award at the Twelfth Annual Jewish Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference sponsored by the Jewish Book Council on November 21 in New York City. Bring your questions!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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