LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the sixteenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD. The Award will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

Go forth & enter!


Will you tell your library’s story? Will you be the next School Librarian of the Year? Will you be a finalist?

2014 finalist Coleen Lamar of Middle School in Flower Mound, TX. rallies librarians to share their stories and apply. Deadline is May 22.

Applicants will be in the running for a $2,500 cash prize, $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and will be profiled in a feature article in the September 2015 issue of SLJ. In addition, the winner will receive an invitation to the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA, on September 26–27, 2015, and $750 of the winner’s prize money will be allocated toward travel to that event. Two finalists will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and will be featured with the winner on

Daxel Unite

Hey cutie toots! Zathrian (Dave-mau5) and I are in our buddy James Niland’s Supanova couple photo competition! It would mean so much to us if you could head on over and like the photo in his album. There’s a very generous cash prize, and to be honest i’d love to use it to take my boy out for our 2-year anniversary.

Here’s the photo!

That’s right!! I’ve been with this handsome hot-cup for almost 2-years. I would never have guessed the perfect man would walk into my life as quickly as he did. He means the world to me and it would mean the world to us if you could help us out. We really would love to do something at least a little bit special for our anniversary this year. Thank you.

Writer Lesley Nneka Arimah of Nigeria is the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Regional Winner for Africa.

Whittled down from nearly 4,000 entries this year, a record number, Lesley Nneka Arimah of Nigeria (top left) is one of five regional winners, one each from Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and the Pacific, chosen from a shortlist of candidates for each region. Along with the other four winners, Arimah receives an individual cash prize of £2500.

Her short story Light is a thematic and artistic departure from the US-based writer’s usual style. Part coming-of-age story, part love story, Light weaves through time to untangle the webs of intimate but strained relations between a mother, daughter and her father, but most notably between the latter two, caused by distance and migration.


“She strings his virtues out like Christmas lights – he’s shorter than her so he has to obey her, he’s finally learning how to kiss well – and her mother silences her by saying, sadly, that she didn’t think she’d raised that kind of girl. Her mother’s disappointment is the first time the girl becomes aware that the world requires something different than she is. It dampens her for a few days that worry Enebeli, and then she returns, but there is a little less light to her.”

Read the full story here.

More about the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.


Evolve ’s Proving Grounds Tournament will be played on Xbox One, and produced by ESL. Qualifying Rounds will begin Sunday, April 26, 2015, with the Global Finale in Los Angeles the week of June 15, 2015. The Proving Grounds Tournament is open globally to all players with an Xbox Live Gold membership and an ESL account. Players can sign up for the Proving Grounds Tournament at .

· Teams will play for a piece of the Global Finale’s $100,000 prize pool, provided by 2K:

o The winning Proving Grounds Tournament team will win $62,500;

o The second place team will win $20,000;

o The third place team will earn $12,500;

o The fourth place team will receive $5,000.

For more info and rules please head over to our blog or ESL for more info.


**Attention All Dancers**
@nathanielrnb presents the “On The Money Twerk Contest”!! WIN A & $1000 CASH PRIZE AND BE FEATURED IN THE OFFICIAL"ON THE MONEY VIDEO"!!!
*Contest Rules*
1) Repost This Promo Video
2) Download “On The Money” (link in bio)
3) Submit your “On The Money” twerk video to @skrippapeauxs
4) Add Soundcloud link to your bio
And that’s that!! The more times you submit the more chances you have to win!! And please remember DANCERS ONLY!!!



In 1961, Billie Jean King and Karen Hantze Susman made sports headlines by becoming the youngest pair to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles titles. Throughout her tennis career, she went on to win 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles.

She was adamant about fighting for equal pay for women within the tennis world. In 1973, she founded the Women’s Tennis Association, and while at the height of her career, she threatened to boycott the U.S. Open if the pay inequality was not addressed. This led to the 1973 U.S. Open becoming the first tournament to offer equal cash prizes for both women and men.

Later that year, she competed against Bobby Riggs in a historic “Battle of The Sexes” match. In a practically cartoonish gesture of male chauvinism, the 1939 Wimbledon champion insisted that the women’s tennis game was so inferior that, even at 55 years old, he could beat the top female players. After Riggs easily defeated Australian champion Margaret Court, King accepted his challenge and proceeded to defeat him in front of an estimated television audience of 50 million viewers.

King’s influence extended beyond the court when, in 1981, a lawsuit filed by her former lover and personal assistant Marilyn Barnett outed her to the public. Though she may not have been prepared to discuss her sexuality at the time, she became the first prominent female professional athlete to openly acknowledge that she is a lesbian.

After divorcing her husband in 1987, King settled in with her life partner Ilana Kloss, and they remain together to this day. She has been very involved with the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and in 2009, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work advocating for women and the LGBT community.