In response to numerous comments from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents and allies about the lack Jewish children’s books that include GLBT families or characters, Jewish GLBT organization Keshet is launching a Jewish Children’s Book Writing Contest.
Keshet is seeking manuscripts of 800 – 1000 words for a fictional Jewish children’s picture book with a GLBT family or characters. They’d like the story to be of interest not just to GLBT families but to the larger Jewish community, so the storyline needs to be engaging, funny, or surprising in some way, not didactic. The story should have a clear, clever and interesting narrative plot with universal themes and Jewish content. They’re not looking for a story about what it’s like to live in a gay Jewish family, but rather a book with one or more members of a GLBT Jewish family as the central character(s) in a great story. They say they welcome stories that show ethnic diversity as well as diversity of family structure.
The manuscripts will be evaluated by a committee of parents, educators, children’s librarians, and a children’s book publisher. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a prize of $250 and the possibility of having their book published.
Please submit an electronic copy of the manuscript in a Word document to [email protected] by April 15, 2011. Illustrations for manuscripts are not necessary or desired.
The contest winner will be announced in early May. The winner will be notified separately by the publisher if his/her manuscript is chosen for publication. Please contact Keshet director of Education Andrea Jacobs with any questions at[email protected] or 617-524-9227.
Good luck Jewfolk! Let us know in the comments if you decide to submit something!
Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by GLBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet offers resources, trainings, and technical assistance to create inclusive Jewish communities nationwide.
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