Tu Books named Axie Oh the winner of the second annual New Visions Award for her young adult science fiction novel The Amaterasu Project.
The New Visions Award honors a fantasy, science fiction or mystery novel for young readers by a previously unpublished author of color. It was established to encourage new talent and to offer authors of color a chance to break out in a predominantly white market.
Oh’s The Amaterasu Project takes place in a futuristic Korea wracked by war and a run by a militarized government, where the greatest weapon—and perhaps the greatest hope—is a genetically modified girl.
“The futuristic sci-fi setting is inspired by a combination of Japanese concept art and animated television series,” said Oh in a press release. “I hope my new book gives to readers what books have always given to me—a new world to explore and new characters to fall in love with.”
As part of her award, Oh will receive a cash prize and a publication contract with Tu Books. Tu Books is the middle grade and young adult imprint of Lee & Low Books, which focuses on multicultural children’s publishing.
Yamile Saied Mendez’ On These Magic Shores and Andrea Wang’s Eco-Agent Owen Chang, both middle grade novels, were chosen as New Visions Award Honors. Both authors will receive a cash prize.
Last year’s New Visions Award winner was Valynne E. Maetani for Ink & Ashes.
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