African American Voices in Children’s Literature Writing Contest

Megan Hoff
May 17, 2019

Free Spirit and Strive Publishing are looking for African American authors based in Minnesota to submit manuscripts for children’s books. Here is a brief overview of the contest details:

  • Open to authors of African American heritage currently residing in Minnesota

  • Deadline for entries is June 30, 2019

  • Submit original fiction or nonfiction children’s stories for a picture book

  • Awards will be given to first-, second-, and third-place winners

    • First place: $1,000 cash prize and a meeting with Mary Taris, founder of Strive, and an editor at Free Spirit to discuss his or her project.

    • Second place: $500 cash prize

    • Third place: $250 cash prize

  • Free to enter

  • Guidelines, judging criteria, and submission information can be found at