In honor of Black History Month, Color Online is proud to honest 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 coloronline.blogspot.com.
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.
Lori Aurelius Williams
Sharon G. Flake
Adult Fiction and Poetry
Tracy K. Smith
Jessica Care Moore
Toni Cade Bambara
Octavia E. Butler
Nancy Amanda Redd
I, for one, will definitely be entering this contest. I'd also suggest, as a YA author to look for, Dana Davidson (Jason & Kyra, Played). Her books, while they don't deal with "heavy" issues such as racial discrimination, feature sympathetic characters and their love stories, things that any reader, regardless of race or ethnicity. (Hmm. Maybe I'll post a review up sometime soon; after all, February is coming up, eh?)
Another author whose writing I enjoyed is Harriet Jacobs. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was written over 100 years ago, but her writing is easy, normal, not preachy, and I found myself getting caught up in the immediacy and danger of her predicaments. (The book was also excerpted in a GEPA prep book when I tutored, so that's pretty cool as well!)
What black woman writers do you like, respect, and recommend?