september, 2021

20sepAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Black Writers In Children's Literature: Writing ContestUSAEntry Fee:Free Max word count:125 for board books, 800 for picture books Top Prize:$1,000, t-shirt, tote bag, and meeting with Strive and Free Spirit

Event Details

Now in its third year, the Black Voices in Children’s Literature Writing Contest is expanding to the entire Midwest! The contest is now open to Black authors who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

The name of the contest has been changed for 2021, but its mission has not: to elevate contemporary, culturally relevant children’s stories written by and about Black people. As always, every entry is considered for publication and three cash prizes will be awarded.

Strive Publishing’s vision is a world where Black narratives are centered, valued, and empowered for freedom, equity, and justice.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Strive Publishing exists to help solve two problems: the need for culturally relevant children’s books and the underrepresentation of Black authors. While giving all children the opportunity to see Black culture from different perspectives, Strive Publishing aims to create opportunities for emerging Black authors. We all have a stake in the critical work of uplifting Black voices in children’s literature, and we can make the greatest impact by working together.

Eligible entries will include original fiction or nonfiction board books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) and picture books for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring contemporary, realistic Black characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development. History and fantasy themes will not be considered.

All entries must be your original work, unpublished, and not accepted for publication anywhere at the time they are entered in the contest.

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