Below are responses to the questions submitted regarding the Book Boost: Access for All Challenge.
What is the procedure for submitting a proposal to the competition?
To submit a proposal to the Book Boost Prize you must first create an account by clicking this here (https://bookboost.submittable.com/submit/86161/book-boost-access-for-all-challenge-application). Please be sure to review all the prize material including the Non-Negotiable Requirements. You must first enter your demographic information and then agree that your proposed solution conforms to these requirements. To ensure a smooth process, it is recommended that you review the Book Boost Application Document here (https://allchildrenreading.org/challenge/book-boost-access-challenge/application-document/), including the requirements for submission and draft your responses offline first. When you are ready, enter your responses in the submission form. Once all required questions are completed in the online submission form, click on “Complete Application.” It is not required to finish the application form as soon as you start it – you may save your responses and come back at any time to review and change your proposal prior to the Phase 1 closing date: January 19, 2018 at 23:00 EST.
Can I participate in the challenge as an individual, or must I be a part of a team?
Applicants can apply as an individual, team, business or organization. For additional information, please reference the competition terms and conditions of the competition (https://allchildrenreading.org/challenge/book-boost-access-challenge/book-boost-terms-conditions/).
At the end of the online application form, there is a request to upload a “Full Business Plan.” How does this document differ from the application questions?
The Full Business Plan should include the same content requested in the previous questions: Executive Summary; Summary, Concept and Managing Team; Market Analysis; Strategy; Collaboration; Finances; Timeline and Project Plan; and Sustainability. This question provides applicants an opportunity to upload a complete document. All content in the Full Business Plan should follow the requirements of each section including content and word count. Additional content included in the Full Business Plan that is not included in the application questions will not be considered towards the application requirements.
The competition document notes that there is a shortage of early grade reading books in developing countries. Which countries and languages should we focus on creating new titles for in our application?
Applicants should focus on creating titles in underserved languages that children use and understand globally. The priority countries of the prize partners can be found here (https://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work) and here (http://dfat.gov.au/aid/where-we-give-aid/pages/where-we-give-aid.aspx). As noted in the Global Book Fund Feasibility Study, there is no large-scale data on book availability in local languages. However applicants are encouraged to review the Global Book Fund Feasibility Study, Landscape Report on Early Grade Literacy Skills, Survey of Children’s Reading Materials in African Languages in Eleven Countries Report and the Ethnologue website as a resource on world languages.