Writing Black Joy

GrubStreet Writing Contest

Writing Black Joy: True Stories From Real People

During a time when the news is mostly dispiriting, we want to read true stories about joy – specifically Black joy: moments, scenes, memories, that celebrate Black families, relationships, culture, and history. We are looking for a vivid story that is transporting and meaningful – maybe funny, maybe poignant, but always with joy at its center. The winner will receive $1000, 2nd place $750, and 3rd place $500. This contest is in partnership with MBK Boston and the Black Joy Project by Thaddeus Miles.

Specifications: Submissions must be true stories between 500 and 1000 words. Submissions can be in any genre: prose, poetry, or cross-genre.

Eligibility: Open to any resident over the age of 18 in New England (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) and New York state.

Deadline: All sumbissions must be recieved by 11:59PM on October 12th, 2020. 

Winners will be notified by November 15th, 2020.


Submit here. 


About Writing Black Joy:

"Over the last few weeks and months, many have awoken to the fact that we live in a society shaped by oppression, racism, and violence. We find it on full display daily on our social media timelines, articles, and televised reports. While the marches are important, visual conscious acts and expressions of joy are vital forms of resistance. In support and encouragement of our expressions of joy, we are launching The Black Joy Writing Contest.

Black Joy has a lot of different meanings. For some, it is living radiantly and unapologetically in your skin – being fierce and in a true celebration of yourself no matter what your personal or collective circumstance. For others, Black Joy is dancing, singing, and laughing even in the most challenging times.  It’s surrounding yourself with your culture and people, as well as feeling safe and at home."  Thaddeus Miles, Author, Non-Profit Leader, Photographer  

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