Colorism Healing Poetry Contest

The Colorism Healing Poetry Contest is BACK! The purpose of the Colorism Healing Poetry Contest is to raise awareness about colorism among all people and to provide a productive, creative outlet for self-expression and healing. Click here for a definition of colorism, and here to see results of the 2014 Colorism Poetry Contest.

Deadline: April 30, 2016


This year the poetry contest is open to all ages separated into three divisions:

•Division 1- Ages 11 and under
•Division 2- Ages 12-19
•Division 3- Ages 20+


•1st Place- $50, Publication online and in print
•2nd Place- $25, Publication online and in print
•Honorable Mentions (as chosen by judges)- Publication online and in print
•Editor’s Picks (as chosen by the editor)- Publication in print

CHPC 2016 Rules and Guidelines

Please follow the rules and guidelines below for all poetry submissions:

•Explore the issue of colorism as a major theme. Click here to learn more about colorism.
•Submit one poem written in English (1,000 words or less).
•Submit unpublished poems only (including self-publication).
•Submit your poem via the form at the bottom of this page. (Please do not email submissions.)

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Terms and Conditions

Before entering the contest, you must agree to the following terms and conditions.

•By submitting a poem to the CHPC you certify that you are the original author.
•By submitting a poem to the CHPC you agree to have your poem published online at and/or in the subsequent CHPC print anthology, should your poem be selected.
•By submitting a poem to the CHPC you grant permission for your poem and relevant demographic information to be used in future research studies and publications by Sarah L. Webb and/or Colorism Healing.

Please email questions to

You can also click here to donate to the 2016 CHPC.

Entry Form

Thanks for your submission!


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14 thoughts on “Colorism Healing Poetry Contest

  • Emma

    I emailed Sarah and received no response disappointingly. I’ve been trying for a while now to enter this content but the form does not allow me to select my age, division nor country. Is the competition closed or is this my way of learning that a Guyanese cannot participate in the competition?? Thank you.

    • Sarah L. Webb Post author

      I’m sorry you are having difficulty with the form. It’s most likely a technical problem. A few things you can try first is switching your browser. For example, if you’re using Internet Explorer, you might try Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Also, if you’re using a mobile device, try switching to a desktop computer. If these suggestions do not work, please send me a screenshot of the error or describe what happens when you try to select age and country. If it does work for you, please let me know that as well.

  • Skye ichardson

    Thank you so much for me to be able to share my writing. I almost forgot how much i love writing. Especially about pressing topics. Thank you much for this opportunity and I hope you liked my poem 🙂

  • Lauren Ward

    This is so awesome that people are bringing awareness to the discrimination all cultures face when it comes to colorism. This scholarship means that people are recognizing the issue and are taking action by healing the wounds that come with the perception that lighter skin automatically means beauty.

  • Cassandra A


    I believe I submitted my poem but I just wanted to confirm if it was received.

    How can I do so/who should I contact?

    ~ Cassandra