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gal dem and Guardian Weekend launch memoir prize for young Black womxn and NB writers

Guardian Weekend magazine and gal-dem are launching a memoir writing competition for UK-resident Black womxn and non-binary writers aged 16-21 on the theme of ‘conversations’. You can find out more information at the Guardian website.

How to enter

All you have to do is submit a 700-word journalistic personal essay that shows off your talents – on the theme of conversations. The judges are particularly interested in essays that take a creative approach to the theme. 

All entries must be sent to weekend@theguardian.com with the subject line ‘Guardian Weekend x gal-dem memoir writing competition entry’ by midnight on Monday 9 November. You must include your name and contact telephone number. If you are aged 16-17, you must have sought permission from your parent or guardian. If you have any questions about the competition, send them to the same email address.

The judges

gal-dem CEO Liv Little, together with writer and bestselling author of Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams and gal-dem’s editorial team, supported by editors from Guardian Weekend.

The Prize

There will be one winner and two runners-up. These top three essays will be published in Guardian Weekend magazine as well as on theguardian.com. You will have a video call with gal-dem and Guardian editors as part of the editing process before publication, and you will be paid £250 for your published essay. The overall winner will receive three months of mentoring from a member of the gal-dem editorial team and a 1-1 workshop with a Guardian journalist (via video). The deadline for entry is Monday 9 November. Good luck!

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