POC 2012 Debut Authors

Have you read a great YA debut that you think is worthy of YALSA’s William C. Morris Award? This year’s committee would love to have your suggestion for our consideration. Anyone can submit a field nomination as long as they are not the author, publisher, agent, or editor of the work in question.

To be eligible, a book must be written by a first-time author, published between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, and specifically designated as either a young adult book or one published for the age range of 12 through 18 years. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short story collections, and graphic works are all eligible for the award, but the award winner(s) must not have previously published a book for any audience.

Submit your suggestion online at:


More information about YALSA’s Morris Award—including our previous winners and our award criteria—can be found at:


These are the 2012 POC YA books of which I’m aware. What others do you know about?

Jaime Reed: Living Violet

Brian F. Walker: Black Boy White School

Keshni Kashyap: Tina’s mouth: an existential comic diary

Jasmine Richards: The Books of Wonder

Love Maia: DJ Rising