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In honor of Black History Month, we are hosting a contest open only to Black authors and poets. Though our contest name pays homage to the Gothic classic by Toni Morrison, the contest theme is open. We are hoping to hear your Gothic/dark fiction tales - especially stories with ghosts! 

Submission Requirements

1. We are accepting original works only. You must own the copyright to your submission. No reprints.


2. Submissions period is from February 1st - Feb 15th, 2023. Please submit all stories to with the subject line: Beloved Contest / Your Title / Genre. 


2. Please submit your stories in English. Work should be polished and edited (to the best of your ability). Please submit as a .docx file and include your name, title, and word count on the front page. 


3. Story length is 1,500 words maximum. Poetry length should not be over 30 lines. 


4. We will only receive one submission per author. 

Happy Writing!

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