Got a debut book coming out in 2008? This award might have your name on it
There's a new literary award for YA lit. It honors Bill Morris, who was a vice president and director lof library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books. He died in 2003. The William C. Morris YA Debut Award will be given once a yeart o a previously unpublished author “who has made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers,” beginning in January 2009. The award committee will start its deliberations a year earlier, in January 2008.
The award is funded by YALSA’s William C. Morris Endowment, which received more than $400,000 from Morris’s estate. Morris earmarked the money for ALA to fund programs, publications, events, or awards in promotion of children’s literature.
[Full disclosure: Too bad I'm no literary virgin!]