$10,000 in Total Prizes Will Be Awarded to This Year's Winners of the Gertrude Johnson Williams Literary Contest: New Writers Have Won More Than $100,000 in Total Prizes in Previous Contests!

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$10,000 in Total Prizes Will Be Awarded to This Year's Winners of the Gertrude Johnson Williams Literary Contest: New Writers Have Won More Than $100,000 in Total Prizes in Previous Contests!


NEW AND EMERGING writers have an opportunity to win prizes totalling $10,000 in the 13th annual EBONY writing contest, which was founded by EBONY Publisher and Editor John H. Johnson in honor of his late mother, Mrs. Gertrude Johnson Williams, and is designed to provide encouragement for previously unpublished writers.

Over the years, winners and runners-up in the EBONY writing contest have gone on to publish books and produce plays, win major literary awards, and to develop screenplays for feature films and television.

In addition to uncovering new writing talent, another purpose of the contest is to raise the level of consciousness and hope of African-American writers and readers. What we seek in this contest, therefore, are stories that inspire, not depress.

As Publisher Johnson says: "We believe, without apology, that African-American writers should increase the level of hope by showing African-Americans grappling with their fate, defining and redefining the African-American tradition by refusing to give in or give up."

The contest is open to all Americans of African descent who have not previously received money or other financial consideration for writing short stories, novels, plays, television or movie scripts. Contestants should submit original short stories for judging by a panel of editors.

The winning entry will be announced in the May 2005 issue of EBONY, and may be published solely at the discretion of Johnson Publishing Co., 820 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60605. The announcement will constitute due notice to all contestants. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is midnight, January 2, 2005.

Contestants will be bound by the following rules and stipulations:

1. Contestants can submit only one short story.

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