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Black Voices In Children’s Literature: Writing Contest


Monday, September 20, 2021


Entry Fees



First Place: $1,000 cash, a T-shirt from Strive, a tote bag from Free Spirit, and a meeting with Mary Taris, founder of Strive, and an editor from Free Spirit to discuss the winner’s project. The winning submission will be seriously considered for publication by Free Spirit, cobranded with Strive; but publication is not guaranteed.
Second Place: $500 cash, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit
Third Place: $250 cash, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit


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 on topics related to positive childhood development.

The contest is 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.

Contact Information

Any questions regarding the contest can be sent to [email protected]


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