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The Black Voices in Children’s Literature Writing Contest is celebrating its fifth 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.

Eligible entries will 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 messages (outside of the representation of religious practices) and fantasy themes will not be considered.


Submission Info

Prize Info

  • First Prize: $1000

  • Second Prize: $500

  • Third Prize: $250

  • Additional Information: First-place winner also receives a meeting with editors. All winners also received tote bags and t-shirts.

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