September 25, 2009

African Diaspora Short Story Competition

Introducing the 1st Annual


In our ongoing effort to promote positive images that reflect people of African descent, the website that connects that African Diaspora is pleased to announce our first annual Short Story contest.

We're looking for fiction that is unique, stories with characters we'll remember, plots that leave us thinking. The contest is open to anyone, any race, any country, any continent. The only caveat? The main character must be of African descent.


  1. The contest runs from October 1 – December 31, 2009, winner announced February 1, 2010
  2. Entries must be 1500 words or less
  3. The entry fee is $10 (via Paypal or money order payable to DreamDeep LLC.) Address:
DreamDeep LLC
9360 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89147
  1. Main character must be of African descent
  2. Story must be previously unpublished
  3. Submit entries to, with the words “Short Story Contest: (input name of your short story)” in the subject line. Ex. Short Story Contest: My Story. Copy and paste into the body of the email. No attachments.
  4. Be sure to include your contact information and word count with submissions
  5. There will be one overall winner and one winner from each of the following genres: Literary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery, Romance (we prefer stories without gratuitous sex or violence)
  1. First Place: $500 Genre Winners: $25 Borders Gift Card
  2. Each winner will have their story and a feature article published on
  3. The winners and top three entries in each genre will have their short stories published in a short story collection at the end of the year.


Not to be missed! On Monday, September 28, 2009: "Riding the Big Destiny" by Adrian Castro.

Adrian debuts his newest book of poetry, Handling Destiny (Coffee House Press), as poets, writers and musicians of UM step up to the open mic on Friday, October 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oasis Deli Café at the Whitten University Center.


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