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In 1970, Louise Meriwether published her novel of life in the post–Harlem Renaissance era, Daddy Was a Number Runner. Nearly fifty years later it is still considered a classic. Following Paule Marshall’s 1959 Brown Girl, Brownstones, Daddy Was a Number Runner is one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young black girl as the protagonist. The book inspired the careers of writers like Jacqueline Woodson and Bridgett M. Davis, among many others.
In order to celebrate Meriwether’s achievements and continue her legacy, the Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine to launch a contest seeking the best debut books by women writers of color and nonbinary writers of color.
First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!
WINNERS OF THE LOUISE MERIWETHER PRIZE:
YZ CHIN — THOUGH I GET HOME (2017)CLAUDIA HERNÁNDEZ — KNITTING THE FOG (2018)
FIRST ROUND JUDGES OF 2017 PRIZE[from TAYO committee]
Bel PobladorJanice SapigaoSusanna KwanApril JosephNayomi MunaweeraShana MirambeauJen HoferArlene BialaZinzi Clemmons
FIRST ROUND JUDGES OF 2018 PRIZE[from TAYO committee]
Bel PobladorShana MirambeauSunisa ManningsUnique RobinsonPloi PirapokinAlyssa ManasalaLuiza Flynn-Goodlett Paola Rodelas Jess FellemanVon Torres
[ Artwork: "Artist Delving into Her Craft" by Ernest Williamson III ]