july, 2022

24julAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Black Voices in Children's Literature Writing ContestUSAEntry Fee:Free Max word count:800 words Top Prize:$1,000 and a meeting with Strive and Free Spirit editors

Event Details

Now in its fourth year, the contest is open to Black authors who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing anywhere in the United States.

As always, the contest’s mission is to elevate authentic, culturally relevant children’s stories written by and about Black people. Every entry is considered for publication and three cash prizes will be awarded ($1000, $500, $250).

Eligible entries include original children’s books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) or for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring authentic, realistic Black characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, identity, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development. Religious 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All entries must be your original work, unpublished, and not accepted for publication anywhere at the time they are entered in the contest.

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