The manuscripts should have strong literary merit with:
- Engaging characters with whom young readers can identify.
- A protagonists who overcome challenges or obstacles in a positive way.
- A well-developed plot with a clear beginning, middle and end.
- Effective use literacy devices.
- Display excellent story-telling style, such as strong imagery, lively dialogue, and vivid descriptions.
- Reflect current issues and challenges of concern to contemporary Ghanaian adolescents.