Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Washington DCJCC Now Accepting Submissions for 2009 Sugarman Award

The Washington DCJCC is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Sugarman Award.

The Sugarman Award was established in 1994 by Joan Sugarman to help thank, encourage and inspire writers and illustrators of Jewish children's literature. Every other year a monetary award is presented for best Jewish children's book. The presentation to the winner will take place during the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center in Fall 2009.

Award Guidelines

1. Books published in the United States for use by children (3-16 years of age), between Oct. 1, 2008 and Oct. 1, 2009. Self-published books are not eligible.

2. An applicant must live in the United States. Applicants need not identify as Jewish.

3. Submissions may include picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.

4. Books should present a Judaic perspective or include Jewish characters, worthy of emulation and reflecting our Jewish heritage in an honest and meaningful way.

5. The writing must accurately reflect Jewish concepts, trends, traditions, experiences, characters, settings, conflicts, and current mores, either in America or elsewhere and be done with integrity, style and quality creating living characters or delineating accurate concepts understandable by a child reader.

If you would like to submit a book for consideration, please send three copies of each book, a $25 entry fee, and the completed entry form to:

Sugarman Award
Attn: Margalit Rosenthal
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Note: All submissions must be received no later than Aug. 1, 2009.

For additional guidelines and to download an entry form, visit the official website.

About The Washington DCJCC

The Washington DCJCC works to preserve and strengthen Jewish identity, heritage, tradition and values through a wide variety of social, cultural, recreational and educational programs and services. The 16th Street J is committed to welcoming everyone in the community; membership and all activities are open to all. The Washington DCJCC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and a designated agency of the United Way.

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