Current Contest

Submissions are CLOSED

Celebrating Black Voices

Theme: “Afrofuturism”

  • Open to Black writers only.
  • 100 word maximum limit.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • Submit by May 1st, 2021.
  • Winner announced on May 7th.

-First Place Prize

Guest Judge: Monique Collins

Monique Collins is the founder of Afronauts Podcast featuring Black writers of speculative fiction. She writes both poetry and prose and loves to examine the surreal and magical in her work. She graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College with a B.A. in English and a minor in creative writing. She is currently an MFA candidate at Emerson College and will graduate in spring 2021. When she is not writing or teaching English, you can find her surrounded by Himalayan salt lamps and thuggin’ out to Nordic lullabies. Her most recent project is a multigenerational novel based on Gullah-Geechee and African mythology.

Submission Guidelines:

Email submissions as attachments* to

* Format- doc, docx, rtf, txt, odt

For judging purposes, DO NOT include your name or any identifying markers in the file name, or on the submission itself.

In the subject, include your Name, Contest, and “Title”.

e.g. Max Powers, Contest, “Slamtown”

In the body of the email, include a word count and a third-person author biography