Writing Contest: African-American Voices in Children’s Literature

submitted by tarisl@augsburg.edu

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Strive Publishing exists to help solve two problems: the need for culturally relevant children’s books and the underrepresentation of African American authors. While giving all children the opportunity to see African American culture from different perspectives, Strive
Publishing aims to create opportunities for emerging African American authors.

In partnership with Free Spirit Publishing, we are hosting a writing contest for African American authors of 18 years of age or older. 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 African American characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development.

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