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21 FREE Writing Opportunities for Black & African Writers, Poets, with Deadlines in July.

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The month of July comes with opportunities for Black and African writers. Creative writers who identify as persons of color (POC) should maximize these opportunities.

We have provided a list of creative writing opportunities with deadlines in July. The opportunities include free writing contests, writing jobs, paid journal issues, virtual residence, and whatnot, across all genres.

It doesn’t matter if you are a poet, short story writer, or visual artist, as long as you identify as a Black or African creative writer, you should dive right into this list and leverage the opportunities!

  1. ARTmosterrific Virtual Residence: ARTmosterric is calling on all Black & African writers — Poets, Storytellers, and Visual Artists — who are undergraduates to submit to their maiden Virtual Residence. Benefit: $150 plus others. You are advised to read their guidelines carefully before you submit your entries. Residence opens in July. Submit here.
  2. New Zionist Congress Essay Competition: If you’ve always wanted to write about “Zionism (the ideology about the establishment of a Jewish state)”, here is an opportunity to do so. The New Zionist Congress calls for essay submissions from all and sundry themed around Zionism. A sum of $300 cash award is shared between winners from each group. Deadline is July 11. Submit here.
  3. Twelve O’Clock Poetry Contest: Hosted by Wingless Dreamer, the 12 O’clock midnight contest is about midnight poetry that touches on the theme of shadows, moon, darkness, and midnight-related abstracts. The prize is not announced, but do send them a single poem, previously unpublished. Deadline is July 11. Submit here.
  4. The HG Wells Short Story Competition: The free short story contest for young people below 21 years, offers a cash award of £1000 and free publication of all shortlisted candidates. The contest’s theme is “Masks” and eligible short stories should be 1500-5000 words long. While the contest is free to young people below 21 years, people above 21 years can join but would have to pay. Deadline is July 12. Submit here.
  5. Awards for Best Essays on Singapore: Singapore Unbound has announced a call for submissions from undergraduates anywhere in the world. The submissions must, however, ring around Singapore. Submissions can be critical essays, theoretical thoughts, or creative writings; as long as they are themed around Singapore, they are eligible. Essays can only be 6000-8000 long. A cash prize of $250 is awarded to the 3 best essays each. Deadline is July 12. Submit here.
  6. Cemetery Gates Flash Fiction Prize: Send them your horror flash fiction piece from 500-1500 words long based on the theme “summer camp”.  Only one winner will be announced and paid a cash prize of $50 and publication on their website. The winner will also be announced on their social media platform. Deadline for submissions is July 12. Submit here.
  7. Litro 500-Word Summer Flash Contest: Litro magazine wants flash fiction themed on nature. Entries should be 600-word long. Contest is free and open to everyone. Entries must be original and previously unpublished. The winner will be published both in print and online and will be awarded a free spot in Catherine McNamara’s Flash Fiction course. Deadline is July 14. Submit here.
  8. Shakespearean Poetry Sonnet Contest: The 2021 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest is on. The contest is free to enter by all poets of all backgrounds. Writers can enter by submitting either traditional sonnet or modern sonnet, but can only enter for one category. A total of $100 cash prize is shared among three winners, alongside publication. Deadline is July 15. Submit here.
  9. Exisle Academy Open-Form Competition: Exisle  Academy is looking for writing that explores passed-down or ancestral concepts. This could be generational memories, traditions, ideas, beliefs, and so on. It could be objects with a degree of sanctity. They are asking for fiction, nonfiction, and children’s stories. Three winning entries from each genre will be awarded a cash prize of $250. No more than 1500 words in any genre. Deadline is July 15. Submit here.
  10. Radar Poetry Coniston Prize: The Coniston Prize is open and free to black people for the first 15 days. After that, paid submissions will be retained. The prize is awarded to women poets. Submit a packet of three poems to be considered. A winning packet of poems receives $2000. Deadline for free BIPOC submissions is July 16. Submit here.
  11. No Contact Summer Prize: No Contact announces its first poetry prize, free to enter and open to all. They call for the submission of previously unpublished poems, a max of two poems. Only a winner is chosen and it receives a cash award of $250 plus publication. Deadline for submissions is July 26. Submit here.
  12. Ann Petry Award: The Ann Petry Award is open to black and African authors with a work of previously unpublished prose, novella, or a collection of short stories, that do not downgrade beyond a minimum of 150 pages. There is a cash award of $3000 plus book publication for the winning manuscript. Deadline is July 30. Submit here.
  13. Chapbook Contest Academy Press: Awarded in divisions: Youth, Collegiate, and Emerging, the chapbook contest is free to enter and open to all. Manuscripts should be about 40 to 80 pages. Selected manuscripts will be awarded book publication and royalties up to 80%. Deadline is July 30. Submit here.
  14. Gotham Writers Monthly Story Award: The monthly prize is open to everyone, including Black and African writers. You are invited to post a short story on Twitter with the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere for your entry to be considered. Entries should be about 25 words, themed around “Staycation“. Deadline is July 31. Learn more here.
  15. Arablit Short Story Prize 2021: Submit to Arablit Short Story Prize for the year. The journal awards best stories in any prose subgenre, translated from Arabic to English. Basically, the prize is for short story translators of Arabic to English. Winning stories get awarded with a $500 split between translators and authors. Deadline is July 31. Submit here.
  16. SLF Grants for Diversity: Open to underrepresented and underprivileged writers and authors, such as Black and African writers, SLF calls for submissions of book-length speculative works. You may submit novels, collections of short stories, novellas, and so on, as long as they are on speculation fiction, they are eligible. A cash award of $500 is awarded to winning entries. Deadline is July 31. Submit here.
  17. Biopage Pandemic Personal Essays Awards: Biopage calls for the submissions of personal essays of about 1000 words on the pandemic. The entries should be clear and not lacking in depth. The contest is free, open to everyone. A sole winner takes $300, while five other winners receive $100 each. Deadline is July 31. Submit here.
  18. Lee & Low New Voices Awards: Established in 2000, Lee & Low Books award a sum of $2000 to authors of color with a children’s picture book manuscript. The award is to encourage black authors to submit their works and take pride in a standard Lee & Low publishing contract, in addition to the cash prize. Deadline is July 31. Submit here.
  19. Intrepid Times Travel Writing Competition: Send your travel writings to Intrepid Times for consideration. Writers at all levels are prompted to write on the theme “Unexpected Adventures”. Writing should be original, factual, and first-person. One winner and three runner-ups will be selected. The winner receives $150 while runner-ups get $50 each. Deadline is July 31. Submit here.
  20. Go Green Prize Horror & Fantasy: Pressfuls hosts a prize on horror short stories and fantasy. You are to submit about 2000 to 5000 words. Entries must be previously unpublished. Entries must be original. The winning entry receives a cash award of $100 plus publication. Deadline is July 31. Submit here.
  21. Future Folklore Climate Fiction Award: Ever heard of climate fiction? Ever written a short futuristic story about climate change? If you have, here is a chance to get rewarded for your creativity. Thirteen (13) winning stories, about 2000 words long, will be selected for cash prizes and publication. The prize opens in July. Submit here.

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