Three grants of $500 each are given annually in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to “elevate, encourage, and inspire the voices of Black writers in Georgia.” Grantees also receive a scholarship to attend the Red Clay Writers Conference and an invitation to present a reading, talk, or combination of both as part of a future Georgia Writers program event. African American writers who have been residents of Georgia for at least one year, or who are full-time students at a Georgia college or university at the time of application and on the date of the award, and who have published no more than one book, are eligible to apply. Submit a poetry or prose writing sample of up to 10 pages and an essay of at least 500 words discussing your work and goals as a writer by October 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Georgia Writers, John Lewis Writing Grants, 440 Bartow Avenue, MD 2701, Kennesaw, GA 30144. (470) 578-4736. Garrard Conley, Executive Director.