Sunday, January 25, 2009

Black History Month Writers' Contest

In honor of Black History Month, Color Online is proud to host a contest celebrating the contributions of black women writers. Submit a book review or biography sketch of a black woman writer you admire. We’re looking for YA writers, adult fiction and nonfiction writers alike. Writers may be contemporary or historical figures.

Submissions must be a minimum of 300 words not to exceed 750. Send your work in the body of your email to Subject line should read: Black History Month Writers’ Contest. Include your full name, and contact information above your review. Deadline for submissions is February 25th. Winners will be announced February 28th. If we choose to publish your entry, you will be contacted prior to publication. You can view our blog at

Selected submissions will be published throughout the month of February. Readers are encouraged to leave comments throughout the month. A panel of judges will select the final winners. First prize- $15 Amazon gift certificate and a free book from Color Online, Second prize- $10 gift card and book and third prize- book from Color Online.

To encourage participation and to give contributors an idea of those writers we enjoy, we are providing the following list of writers. You are not required to use the list. It is a recommended list only.


Jacqueline Woodson
Sharon Draper
Lori Aurelius Williams
Rita Williams-Garcia
Sharon G. Flake
Angela Johnson

Adult Fiction and Poetry

Audre Lorde
Sonia Sanchez
Gwendolyn Brooks
Camille Dungy
Tracy K. Smith
Jessica Care Moore
Elizabeth Alexander
Black Artemis
Toni Cade Bambara
Gloria Naylor
Octavia E. Butler


Bell Hooks
June Jordan
Pearl Cleage
Nancy Amanda Redd

Please share this information with fellow writers and students


Steph Su said...

Hi Susan! It's great to see a fellow PBS-er here as well. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! I'd love to chat. (I wouldn't consider myself a teen, either, hehe.) Is Color Online a project that you started up? If so, that's pretty incredible. You would get along really well with all of the students at my college.

With your permission (I'll link to your blog), I'll repost the information about your contest on my site. Good luck with submissions! I shall be sending mine along soon, I hope. =)

...deb said...

Hi stranger! It has been too long since I came by. I am posting this as a news feed on RWP for the 28th.


susan said...

Thanks Deb and Steph!

Carleen Brice said...

Put it on Twitter and will link to it on the White Readers Meet Black Authors blog.