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 a list of writers. To see the full listing, visit our blog at You are not required to use the list. Short list:


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

Adult Fiction and Poetry

Audre Lorde
Camille Dungy
Tracy K. Smith
Jessica Care Moore
Black Artemis
Toni Cade Bambara
Octavia E. Butler


June Jordan
Pearl Cleage
Nancy Amanda Redd

1 comment:

Ali said...

What a great idea! I blogged about it at my Diversity Rocks reading challenge site.