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Unpublished Writer Award Guidelines


The Nation’s largest reading group for women of color – Go On Girl! Book Club – invites you to write your way to a literary grant.   

Founded in 1990, the Go On Girl! Book Club is a spirited group of women who love a good read and engage in lively literary discussions once a month.  Across the country, we have more than 500 members who are committed to encouraging the literary pursuits of people of African descent.  Since 1992, the organization has recognized notable authors with its coveted “Author of the Year” and “New Author of the Year” awards.  Past honorees include Pearl Cleage, Bebe Moore Campbell, Daniel Black, and Octavia Butler.  

Do you dream of seeing your scholarly achievements recognized alongside our literary giants?  Join past winners – Leslie Youngblood (2010), Camille Acker (2005) and Jacinda Townsend (2003) who all went on to become published authors. Apply now for the Go On Girl! Book Club’s $1,000 “Unpublished Writer” Award.

The 2024 Award Application Submission Deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2024.  

Award Guidelines

  1. Applicant must be a US citizen or resident of African descent from any area of the Diaspora.
  2. Applicant must reside in the United States.
  3. Applicant must be unpublished (this includes novels, short stories, articles and essays published in magazines, journals or other print or online media).
  4. Applicant must not be self-published.
  5. Applicant must submit an original, unpublished work of fiction (short story or novel excerpt) not to exceed 2000 typed words on double spaced pages.
  6. Applicant must include a cover sheet with identifying information and a 250-word biographical profile including your writing goals and current status as a writer and a photo.
  7. We will accept Online submissions only at Apply for Unpublished Writers Award by February 1, 2024. 

The winner will be notified by March 1, 2024. The winner may be featured in several print or online publications and on the GOG website.