Contest for Writers/Stories of Cultural Diversity (ending Friday June 12)

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ATTN:
USMB Writers and Community Volunteers

www.reedsy.com changed their weekly contest (ending this Friday, June 12)
to select 5 winning writers to publish, and honor with a $200 donation each
to 5 different charities in support of cultural diversity in society and in the world of writing.

Please see below. All writers, especially women of color, are especially
encouraged to make those voices heard! Please share with your friends,
and those whose contributions mean the greatest impact and benefit.


#45: A Time for Action

For the past four years, we've held a weekly writing contest here on Reedsy, and we’ve delighted in watching this community of writers grow. In light of what’s happening in the United States (and around the world) — with protests and marches condemning police brutality and long-standing systemic racism — our team has extensively discussed how best to use our platform.

This week, we want to use this space in your inbox to share resources we’ve found helpful — and to amplify a number of organizations that are actively fighting this injustice.

Our contest is also going to run a little differently this week. Instead of picking one winner, we will highlight five stories. And instead of the $50 prize, we will make $200 donations on behalf of each of the five writers to one of the following organizations of their choice.
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Black Lives Matter is a global foundation with a mission is to eradicate white supremacy and to enable local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities around the world.

Color of Change is a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization working to end racial injustice manifested in a number of different arenas — politics, the economy, media, and tech.

Hurston/Wright Foundation is an arts nonprofit devoted to supporting emerging and mid-career Black writers.

We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization advocating for literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

To help us put the movement into context, we’ve found it useful to turn to titles such as Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge or A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross. These books, along with many others, are available from Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre — a bookstore donating proceeds of book sales to The Loveland Foundation.

In the coming months, we intend to figure out how we can contribute to a more diverse publishing landscape and help Black and marginalized authors make their voices heard.

This week's prompts:
Write a story about solidarity.

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Write a story about activism.

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Write a story about community.

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Write a story about inaction.

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Write a story about change.
 

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It says multi-cultural but it's only about blacks.

There's got to be, like 10,000 other cultures in America besides blacks.
 

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I particularly like the cat culture. VERY laid back...
 

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