The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) at http://weneeddiversebooks.org/ gives out annual awards. You need to be a Diverse person and the book needs to have a main character that is Diverse. Currently, this award is for YA books. The guidelines describe Diverse as being:
- Person of color
- Native American
- Person with a disability
- Marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States
Submissions are still open for the 2017 Walter Awards for self-published and traditionally published authors, and will be open through November 1, 2016. Details and eligibility information can be found http://weneeddiversebooks.org/submission-guidelines/.
We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.