Dear Literary Friends,

The window for submitting your best 2017-2018 young adult fiction for consideration of a 2018 Westchester Fiction Award is now open!!!

In its ninth year, the Westchester Fiction Award committee consists of a group of secondary school librarians and teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, California) and public librarians who awards fiction geared to the high school student (teens in grades 9-12, aged 13 - 19).  The award considers up to ten titles for a gold seal and up to five additional titles for an honorable mention.   The announcement of the literary winners will be in late spring (May or June).  The list of winning titles will be published in national, Los Angeles city, and Los Angeles Unified School District publications and online book purchasing websites.  We are also happy to contact specific agencies of your choosing should you win a Westchester Fiction Award if you wish us to conduct this personalized service.

Because of your exemplary reputation in the young adult publishing field, we are extending an invitation to you to participate in the Westchester Fiction Award by sending us titles in your current and soon-to-be-published collection for consideration.  

Please keep the following criteria in mind:

 1.      All fiction must be published between October of 2016 and December of 2017.

 2.      There are 15 members on the committee this year, therefore, it would be ideal to send as many copies as you can of each title you are nominating so that each book may be easily distributed among the members.  However, we are unable to consider a title if we don't receive at least Twelve copies.  This is so we can easily ensure that your books are given the attentive consideration they deserve.

3.  There is no limit to the number of titles you send at this time as long as you provide at least 12 copies of each title.

4.      The deadline for submission of all titles is the first Friday of December (December 1, 2017).  We will not be able to consider books that arrive to us after this date.  Please consider shipping time when sending us your nominations and feel free to submit books as they become ready  throughout the year.

5.      Unfortunately, we cannot accept advanced reader copies (ARCs).

6.      Please send all nominated submissions to our chairperson:

Suzanne Osman 

Van Nuys High School


6535 Cedros Avenue

Van Nuys, CA  91411

***Please be advised that the Westchester Fiction Award office is closed until the middle of August each year, so in order to ensure the safe and timely receipt of all packages, correspondence, and phone calls, please schedule all shipments to arrive and make all calls no earlier than the end of August.  Emails will be responded to throughout the summer, however, so should you have any questions or issues that need more immediate attention, please feel free to contact Suzanne Osman electronically at

We hope you will be inspired by our attempt to honor excellent fiction and authors, motivate young people to read, and highlight the compelling books that you publish.

We look forward to considering your literary treasures.

With kindest regards,

The 2018 Westchester Fiction Award Committee



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