The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is proud to host the annual Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, which is the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award is the foundation’s first program. It was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States.
Submissions for the award open January 2nd and close March 1st of the same year. Submissions will be judged by distinguished published authors in fiction and poetry.
Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs at any American university are eligible to submit a work of fiction or poetry for consideration. Writers are ineligible if they have published books, including poetry chapbooks or fiction narratives, through any publishing platform. Full-time student includes low-residency MFA programs. At this time, students in only online courses of university programs are not considered eligible for the award. Writers must be enrolled full-time in a college or university at the time of their submission.
All work submitted must be original and unpublished at the time of submission. No identifying information such as name of the author should appear on the works of fiction and poetry. Author name and contact details should be on a separate page.
Hurston/Wright does not accept simultaneous submissions of a work for this award. Therefore, we make every effort to notify writers by the end of April whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted. Awards will be announced in May. Award winners and honorable mentions will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC.
Works submitted to the competition may be published in whole or in part by Hurston/Wright online or print. In submitting for the competition, all writers agree to give the Hurston/Wright foundation permission to publish an excerpt of their work or the work in its entirety. The author retains all rights for their works.
Hurston/Wright maintains the right to decline any submission not deemed eligible.
The foundation makes every effort to fundraise to make this award a cash prize to support an emerging artist.
All award winners receive a souvenir award and promotion of the artists along with the Legacy Awards.
The Legacy Awards are hosted on the third Friday in October in Washington, DC. The 2016 Legacy Awards will be hosted on October 21st.
Complete online application and submission along with the $25 submission fee paid via PayPal at www.hurstonwright.org.
The original creative work submitted should be formatted as follows:
No more than 20 pages of fiction, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, and within 1 inch margins. Title of work should appear on each page. Do not include the author’s name on the pages of the work of fiction. Include a separate page with the title of the work, name and contact information of author, school and year of study.
Minimum of 3 poems. Total poetry submission should have a minimum line count of 120.
Do not include the author’s name on the pages of poetry. Include a separate page with the title of the work, name and contact information of author, school and year of study.
Reminder: Please be sure that no identifying information is noted on the submitted works of fiction and poetry. Author name and contact details should be on a separate page.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to our foundation headquarters at:
Hurston/Wright College Writers Award
840 First Street, NE, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20002