The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announced the winners of the 2016 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award. The winning manuscripts, both YA, were Hypersleep by Collette Childers, and Instant Karma by Sindhu Vijayasarathy.
Established in 2012, the SCBWI’s Emerging Voices Award is granted to unpublished authors with the aim of fostering diverse and underrepresented voices in children’s and YA literature.
In Hypersleep, a seventeen-year-old girl attempt to find a cure for her juvenile arthritis by undergoing a radical cryonics treatment. Instant Karma tells the story of two girls from different centuries whose lives are inexorably linked through karma and reincarnation.
Childers and Vijayasarathy will each receive a paid trip to the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, manuscript consultation, publicity, and their manuscripts submitted to select agents and editors.