Awards for Writers of Color

The Wilma Dykeman Legacy, in partnership with The Urban News, supports and encourages writers of color to submit their writing for publication and recognition.

The writing can be of any genre: fiction, non-fiction, essay, poetry, or drama. Submissions can address any topic, and will be judged on originality, content, clarity of expression, and creativity. Preference will be given to writers who engage the values of Social justice, Environmental Integrity, and the Power of the Written word.

Interested writers of color should submit unpublished works of no more than 500 words to The Urban News by the last day of each month. The winner will receive a $100 honorarium and publication of his or her piece in The Urban News.

Submissions may be sent to The Urban News, PO Box 2038, Asheville, NC 28802, or to

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