Colorism Poetry Contest Submissions- U.S. Edition

The 2014 Colorism Poetry Contest is officially Closed.

Click here to see the contest results.

Official Contest Rules

colorism poetry contest

Contest Theme:

Colorism is a prejudiced attitude and/or discriminatory actions against people based on the relative lightness or darkness of their skin, the texture of their hair, or other features in comparison to others of the same race.

The mission of this organization, site, and contest is to eliminate colorism and help those who’ve been affected by colorism to heal from it. Through this contest, we hope to give voice to those who’ve struggled in silence with colorism, believing they had no outlet for self-expression, and to raise awareness about this issue among all people.

Please submit one original poem in which colorism is a major theme.

Eligibility:

The Colorism Poetry Contest is open to United States residents, ages 10 and up. All contestants under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian before entering the contest. Employees, agents, and immediate families of S. L. Writes or the current judging panel are ineligible and may not enter. All contest entrants must be the original author of the poem. There are no entry fees, no purchase necessary, and no financial obligation to enter or win the contest.

Contest Dates:

Entries are accepted from 12:00 a.m. April 1, 2014 – 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2014 Central Standard Time. Any poems submitted before or after these dates will not be considered.

Selection:

Poems are judged based on theme, originality, and craft. The panel of judges will include advocates and writers Opal Palmer Adisa, Sharon G. Flake, and Calida Rawles.  All decisions made by the judges are final.

Prizes:

Divisions are determined by the age of the entrant on the date of submission:

Division 1: Ages 10-14
  • 1st Place- $100 and Publication on ColorismHealing.org and subsequent anthologies
  • Honorable Mentions- Any poems receiving honorable mention will be published on ColorismHealing.org and subsequent anthologies
Division 2: Ages 15-19
  • 1st Place- $100 and Publication on ColorismHealing.org and subsequent anthologies
  • Honorable Mentions- Any poems receiving honorable mention will be published on ColorismHealing.org and subsequent anthologies
Division 3:
  • 1st Place- $250 and Publication on ColorismHealing.org and subsequent anthologies
  • Honorable Mention- Any poems receiving honorable mention will be published on ColorismHealing.org and subsequent anthologies

Notification:

Winners will be announced by the end of May 2014.  Winners are notified by phone or by email.  Names of the winners, their respective poems, and an optional photo will also appear on this website.

How to Submit Your Poem

  • You will be able to submit your poem using the form below starting April 1, 2014.
  • Each contest entrant should submit only one poem.
  • Submissions should be 100 lines or less and adhere to the contest theme
  • Any style of poetry is welcomed.
  • Poems containing profanity, vulgarity or offensive material will automatically be disqualified.
  • All contest entrants must be the original author of the poem.
  • Entrants must identify the correct age division in order to maintain eligibility. Divisions are determined by the age of the entrant on the date of submission:
    • Division 1 – ages 10-14
    • Division 2 – ages 15-19
    • Division 3 – 20 and older
  • If your poem is selected as a winner or honorable mention, we will ask you to provide a short bio and optional photo
  • Email questions to: poetrycontest@colorismhealing.org.

 

Privacy Policy: 

The hosts of the Colorism Poetry Contest collect personal information for the purpose of notifying contest winners.  All information submitted is kept in confidence and used solely for notification purposes and shall not be made public by the hosts.  The Colorism Poetry Contest does not lease, sell, or share the personal information collected.  Minor children must have parental permission to enter the contest.

Legalities: 

The author retains all copyrights to the submitted poem.  Selected poems will appear on ColorismHealing.org with the copyright notice intact and may be published in a forthcoming anthology. By entering the contest, you consent to the publication of your poem if it is selected as a winning entry or honorable mention.

All contestants under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian before entering the contest.

Void where prohibited.  Sponsored by S. L. Writes & ColorismHealing.org. All rights reserved.

All information provided herein pertains to the 2014 contest. This information may update or change for future contests.

Failure to comply with the contest rules automatically disqualifies the entry.

If, after carefully reading the contest rules and regulations a few times, you still have questions, please leave a comment below, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Colorism Poetry Contest Submissions- U.S. Edition

36 thoughts on “Colorism Poetry Contest Submissions- U.S. Edition

  1. Jabari Butler says:

    I have a good one I just have to remember to submit it at the right time.

  2. Ningkhanngam says:

    Im from India. Can i participate ?

    1. Ningkhanngam says:

      I have already submitted. My poem title is… First Love.

    2. Hello! This contest is only for US residents. If you’re currently living in the US, then you can submit.

      1. Ningkhanngam says:

        Why only for US ? Colorism should be for everyone.

  3. Steven Butler says:

    All finished I cant wait to see how this contest goes.

  4. I was waiting to enter this poem and now that it is open I’m happy to submit. Thanks for providing an outlet for such a touchy subject and I have even more poems on the matter. I hope my poem can speak across color boundaries and everyone will be happy to accept it. Thank you for the opportunity.
    andrea barr recently posted…Ur Realm 3/4/14My Profile

    1. Thanks for submitting Andrea! I look forward to reading your work. Be sure to share this outlet with others so we can continue to spread awareness about the issue.

      All best

      SLW

      1. Ningkhanngam says:

        Why only for US ? Colorism should be for everyone.

  5. I think I accidentally submitted my poem twice. it’s My light shines!
    Sorry!

  6. meralbirinci says:

    A good site to spend time

    1. meralbirinci says:

      Why can’t we participate?

      1. Hi, I’m not sure why you specifically can’t participate, because I don’t know how old you are or where you live. The contest is limited by age and location for a couple of reasons. The first is that we have a limited number of judges who are volunteering their time, so I wanted to keep the contest manageable in size. The second reason the contest is limited to the United States is that there are some legal issues with contests that get a little complicated the larger a contest is and the the more countries that are included. Again, with limited resources, I could not take on the task of handling such a large scale contest at this time. However, I hope to grow and have an even bigger contest next year that will include international submissions. Thanks for reaching out! I hope you stay in touch.

        All best,

        Sarah

  7. TRACIE SCOTT says:

    I LOVE WRITING POEMS.THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME TO PUT MY WORDS IN A PLACE THAT THEY CAN BE HEARD.

  8. Michael jones says:

    Happy to show my work

  9. Will there be another contest for this next year?

    1. Hi Jessica, Unfortunately I will not be hosting a contest in 2015. Resources for the coming year will go to hosting other in-person events on a more local level. However, I do plan to bring the contest back in the future. You can subscribe to the mailing list to stay informed about future projects, events, contests, etc.

      Best,

      Sarah

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