Cynthia Leitich Smith Awarded 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

A citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, the author of Hearts Unbroken was awarded the prize in recognition of her "outstanding achievement" in YA literature.

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith has been awarded the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Awarded every other year, the NSK Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the world of children’s and young adult literature. Margarita Engle was the 2019 NSK Prize winner.

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Cynthia Leitich Smith. Photo by Christopher T. 

Leitich Smith, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the author of Hearts Unbroken, which won the American Indian Youth Literature YA Award at this year's Youth Media Awards. The 2018 title was chosen as the representative text for the panel of judges to read.

Leitich Smith is also the author-curator of Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, which will launch its first list in winter 2021.

NSK winners are awarded $35,000, a silver medallion and a certificate of recognition.


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