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14 September 2021

Deadline September 20, 2021.


The contest is now 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. 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 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. History and fantasy themes will not be considered. First Place: $1,000 cash prize, 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; however, publication is not guaranteed. Second Place: $500 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit. Third Place: $250 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit. 

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Last Call for Entries: First Annual Legendary Women, Inc. Literary Contest

24 November 2012
My name is Margaret Bates and I am the co-founder and treasurer of Legendary Women, Inc. ( We are an organization dedicated to promoting positive portrayals of women in the media and to empowering women in their daily lives via philanthropy. We have teamed up with Random Acts ( to host a literary contest to encourage individuals to create one thousand to five thousand (maximum) word stories that feature strong female protagonists. 
For this first contest, original fiction only please. Due to copyright issues, no plagiarized works or fan-fiction will be eligible to win.
The first prize is fifty dollars, an author interview with us, and to have the story posted on our site.
The second pace is to have the story posted on our site.
The third place is to have the story posted on our site.
There are no entry fees.
Our full rules and information are here –
The deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (US) on November 30, 2012.
and any questions about the contest can be further sent to