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The Scholastic Asian Book Award 2018 The Scholastic Asian Book Award is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NDBCS) and Scholastic Asia. The objectives of the Scholastic Asian Book Award are as follows: a) To recognise excellence in fiction in Asian stories for children b) To showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asian c) To encourage and inspire more Asian-themed books and stories 1. The Organisers The Scholastic Asian Book Award is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. The NBDCS founded in 1968 promotes reading and literature and champions literary works of Asians. Scholastic, founded in 1920, is the largest children’s publisher and distributor in the world. Scholastic continues this successful history by remaining focused on encouraging children to learn to read and love to learn. 2. Eligibility The Author: i) Entries will be accepted from writers of Asian descent, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above. For the purpose of this award, Asia comprises the following countries: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Brunei Bhutan Cambodia China Cyprus Georgia India Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Japan
Qatar Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Timor-Leste Thailand Turkey Turkmenistan UAE Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen
ii) The author must not be a salaried employee of, or a family member of a salaried employee of, either the organizer, the National Book Development Council of Singapore, or the sponsor, Scholastic Corporation, or any of their subsidiaries. The Manuscript: i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii.
Is targeted at children of ages 6 to 18 years. Must be Asian in content. Must be unpublished or uncontracted to a publisher until the prize is announced. All submissions must be in English. Works in languages other than English may be considered, if an English translation is submitted with the original text and illustrations. Previously published authors can submit unpublished work. The work must be original. Word count must be 6,000 words or more.
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On the top right hand corner of the cover page, please specify the word count of the entire manuscript. The title of the entry should be in the middle of the cover page. The beginning of the manuscript should start on a new page. Manuscripts must be in Times Roman font, size 12, double-spaced. Margins should be one-inch all around. Identifying information is not necessary. Manuscripts are to be submitted by email.
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The best entry will be awarded the Scholastic Asian Book Award, and win a prize of S$10,000 and a certificate. The winning manuscript, as well as the shortlisted manuscripts, will be considered by Scholastic Asia for publication. In the event of the text being created by two or more individuals, the prize will be shared. The first and second runners-up will be awarded a certificate and will be offered advice by Scholastic Asia on editing their manuscripts to submit for publication. The judges reserve the right to not award the prize should the entries fail, in the judges’ opinion, to meet the required standard. Judges could also decide not to award the prize to consecutive winners. Scholastic Asia reserves the first right of refusal for publication of the award-winning book and the first and second runners-up. The closing date for the 2018 Scholastic Asian Book Award is December 22nd 2017, 5:00pm (Singapore time). The results will be declared in May 2018, at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.
4. Number of entries Limited to ONE (1) submission per contestant. 5. Selection The Book Council will check details concerning the eligibility of the authors and the manuscripts submitted. Only manuscripts of authors who meet the criteria will be accepted and sent to the judges. An independent panel of three judges, who are experts in the field of children’s books, will select the winner from the manuscripts submitted by the Council. The judges’ decision is final, and no appeals or correspondence will be entertained at any point. 6. Shortlist The Organising Committee will announce a short list of works considered for the Scholastic Asian Book Award in April 2018. Shortlisted candidates are encouraged to be present at the Award Ceremony at the end of May 2018. 7. Award Presentation The award will be presented at a prize-giving ceremony during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), to be held in Singapore at the end of May, each year. Prize winners will be invited for the awards ceremony. Travel and accommodation costs of the Grand Prize winner will be met by Scholastic Asia. 8. The Award The 2018 Scholastic Asian Book Award will be awarded in May 2018, at the AFCC, in Singapore. 9. Media Promotion The award details will be separately and officially announced in newspapers and other media in all countries, particularly countries in Asia. The details of the award will also be disseminated to interested people and organisations. 10. Conditions of Entry i.
Each entry must include the following: a. An official entry form, duly filled in, for each creator working on the book (in PDF , DOC, or JPG format) b. A recent photograph for each creator working on the book (in JPG format) c. A short biography of each creator working on the book, not more than 100 words (in DOC format)
d. A copy of official state photo ID (like a passport, state identification card, driver’s license, etc.) with name and nationality clearly visible for each creator working on the book (in JPG or PDF format) e. The full text manuscript (in DOC format) f. A summary of the manuscript, not more than 100 words (in DOC format). Entries can be submitted either by the author or translator. In case of a translation, the translator must indicate that the author (or his or her estate) is aware of the fact that a translation of the original work is being submitted for the award.
11. Submission All entries must be submitted in soft copy and emailed to: [email protected] If you do not hear from the National Book Development Council of Singapore within 1 week of submission, kindly contact [email protected] Entries that fail to comply with any of the above rules and conditions of entry will be disqualified.