Contact us at programs@hurstonwright.org for any questions regarding submissions.

Call for Submissions for In-Person Reading: “Writing Revolution: In Commemoration of Black August”

Call open from July 2, 2024 to August 2, 2024

Announcement: August 9th 

Read more about Black August

In Commemoration of Black August, a month designated to honor Black freedom fighters, The Hurston Wright Foundation would like to read your politically charged poems and creative nonfiction essays to be published in our monthly newsletter. A total of six works will be chosen (3 poems and 3 works of creative nonfiction. The authors of these works will share at an in-person event on August 24, 2024 (2 pm-3 pm), at The Prince George’s County Public Library- Bowie Branch.) Address: 15210 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20715

Genres

  • Poetry: Please submit no more than one poem of 500 words or less. 
  • Creative Nonfiction: Share personal essays, memoirs, and reflections that resonate with authenticity the history of Black August. (500-1,000 words)

Eligibility Criteria 

To submit your work, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as a Black Writer
  • Live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)

Submission Guidelines

  • Only unpublished work will be accepted.
  • Works of creative nonfiction should be double spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Poetry should be in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Work must be the original work of the author and must not have been generated by AI in any aspect.

Print Rights: The Publisher does not seek print rights and these rights are retained by the Author. 

Electronic Rights: The Author grants first world electronic print rights to the Publisher to include the Work in The Hurston Wright Newsletter, for publication in the English language on or before August 17, 2024.

Submissions are open June 15, 2024, through August 2, 2024. Join us in celebrating the power of Black literature! 

Hurston/Wright 2024 | 3-Week Summer DC Youth Writers Oral History Program

July 30-August 20th

About Us

The Hurston/Wright Foundation’s mission is to honor, discover and mentor Black writers. We do that by providing services, supports, and opportunities that provide community and recognize accomplishments. Our community resources include in-person workshops and classes that have been our signature offering for almost 30 years. Workshops and courses are taught by award-winning authors and serve emerging and midcareer adult writers. More than a thousand Black writers have taken our classes since the first one in 1996, increasing diversity in the cultural community as they have gone on to create books and careers as professors, local cultural workers, and national thought leaders. 

Through a social justice lens, our work provides the necessary services, supports and opportunities for Black writers seeking to publish work within a publishing industry that has traditionally failed to publish work by Black writers proportionate to their population. We also recognize that our social activism aids in disrupting systems that hinder Black writers from having access to certain opportunities—from writing residencies to participation in quality writing workshops and craft talks.

 

Mission of Program: The mission of the DC Youth Writers Oral History Program is to equip high school students with the skills to conduct research and capture the narratives of Black writers living and working in Washington, DC. 

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the program is to cultivate youth writing and research skills while honoring Black DC writers living and working in Washington DC.

 

Program Description

The Hurston/Wright Foundation's 2023 DC Youth Writer Oral History Program provides high school students with the opportunity to research and document the impact of Washington, D.C.'s political, social, and economic culture on the Black literary arts community-- and vice versa. By conducting interviews with Black writers in the area, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the community's history and the significant role that Black literary arts have played in shaping it. Through the creation of written and multimedia projects, participants will develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills, which are essential to engaging with diverse perspectives and fostering cross-cultural understanding. By sharing unique and universal stories, the program contributes to a broader understanding of the city's cultural diversity and history and helps to build a more inclusive and equitable society.

Participants will receive hands-on virtual instruction on capturing compelling historical narratives and presenting them publicly through written and digital platforms. Participants will research the impact of Washington, D.C.’s culture, community, and transient population on DC’s Black literary arts community in conjunction with in-person and virtual field trips. Youth participants will interview 5-10 Black writers based in the Washington DC metropolitan area to create written and multi-media projects documenting their findings. Participants will learn: 

  • how to develop interview techniques and meaningful queries to pose to interviewees. 
  • how to evoke relevance and highlight the importance of writers through the use of writing and media technology.
  • how to optimize storytelling strategies by creating a multimedia presentation of their findings. 

DC Writers Interviewed in 2023

  • Brian Gilmore
  • Dinahsta "Miss Kiane" Thomas
  • Melanie Henderson
  • Taylor Johnson
  • Chantal James
  • Darlene Taylor
  • Dwayne "Crochet King" Lawson-Brown
  • Derrick Weston Brown
  • Laini Mataka
  • Briana Thomas

See interviews here: https://youtu.be/hUeGOq-TMWo?si=tOofCUgCA6kInY24

Tangibles

Upon successfully completing the program, participants will be awarded 20 community service hours. Moreover, two outstanding projects, aligning with Hurston/Wright's criteria and produced by participants attending college in either Fall 2024 or Fall 2025, will be eligible for a small scholarship. The specific criteria will be shared at the start of the program. Participants will be recognized at the Legacy Book Awards ceremony.

Who Should Apply

This program is for youth ages 15-18 years-old who live in the Washington DC metropolitan area (which includes Maryland and Virginia). Participants must be current high school students enrolled in public, private, charter or homeschool. Applicants should have an interest in writing and using technology.

Meeting Times

Participants will meet on in-person on Wednesdays from 1 pm-3 pm and virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm-3 pm.  Fields trips are incorporated into this program's schedule.  

Application Requirements

  • Write a 3 to 5-paragraph essay describing why you are interested in participating in the DC Youth Writers Oral History Program.
  • Format your document using Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

Deadline and Fees: 

  • Deadline to Apply:  July 26
  • No application fee.
  • No tuition
  • Apply early. Hurston/Wright uses rolling admissions for a maximum of 15 slots open.

A detailed schedule will be provided upon acceptance.

 

$250.00

Hurston/Wright 2024 Individual Coaching Sessions

January 2024-December 2024

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The Hurston/Wright Foundation’s mission is to honor, discover and mentor Black writers. We do that by providing services, supports and opportunities that provide community and recognize accomplishments. Our community resources include in-person workshops and classes that have been our signature offering for almost 30 years. Workshops and courses are taught by award-winning authors and serve emerging and midcareer adult writers. More than a thousand Black writers have taken our classes since the first one in 1996, increasing diversity in the cultural community as they have gone on to create books and careers as professors, local cultural workers, and national thought leaders. We look forward to receiving your application. 

For inquiries regarding the application, email us at programs@hurstonwright.org. 

About the coach

B. Sharise Moore is an award-winning author, curriculum developer, workshop facilitator, Poetry Editor for FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, and the 2023 Writer in Residence for The Hurston Wright Foundation. In 2021, she released her YA magical realism novel, Dr. Marvellus Djinn’s Odd Scholars and in 2022, she curated and edited Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook for Middle and High School Students. 

Moore’s forthcoming books include Fangs, Feathers, and Folklore, a middle grade field guide of African mythological creatures from Hachette Book Group/Algonquin Young Readers (2025), Fatimah’s Fantastic City, and Golden: a Story of Yaa Asantewaa from HarperCollins (2025, 2026). She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and their two children. B. Sharise is represented by Laurie McLean, partner agent at Fuse Literary. 

Coaching description:

A significant portion of the writing process involves shaping a manuscript into a polished piece worthy of presenting to the literary market. As with any product that requires refinement, expert feedback is used as a tool to hone, mold, and produce a quality product. Similarly, coaching sessions with B. Sharise Moore will provide you with an expert review of your children’s, YA, or adult fiction manuscripts in the following stages of your process:

  • Editing, development, and revision 
  • Composing a query letter
  • Outlining publishing expectations
  • Finding an agent
  • Deciding to self-publish vs. traditionally publish your manuscript

Process

To schedule coaching, participants must have a completed manuscript or 750 words for a children’s book. 

  • Submit 750 words of your manuscript to submittable. 
  • B. Sharise will review the first 20 pages of your manuscript. 
  • An email with a link to schedule will be emailed to you, as well as a needs assessment. The assessment will be used to design a session that is tailored to your writerly needs. 
  • The scheduled time will be at the convenience of writer and coach.

Cost 

$250 per hour

Submission Format:

  • 20 pages maximum, using Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.
  • Provide a title page with the author’s name and contact information.
  • Include a cover letter with information about your writing life and citations of any published work.

Cancellation Policy: Please note that is service is non-refundable. If you must cancel after paying the coaching fee and scheduling, you must provide 48-hour notice to reschedule.  In addition, Hurston/Wright reserves the right to cancel a session based on submission details and policies. Submitters will be notified immediately to reschedule.

 

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