New Orleans-based Write On Press announces essay contest for young black female writers

New Orleans-based Write On Press is calling for submissions beginning Aug. 1 from black women ages 18 – 25 for essays that address the subject: What I wish someone had taught me before I graduated high school.

Visit Write On Press’ website for application instructions (there’s a $35 entrance fee). Click here to sign up for updates about the contest. Applicants can submit essays until Oct. 31.

The first-prize contest winner will receive $1,500, second prize $1,000, and third prize $500. Everyone who registers will have the opportunity to have their essay selected for publication. Winners will be announced in early December.

Anyone with questions about the contest can email

Write On Press is a Black-owned publishing company run by New Orleans native M.A. Sharrieff. The press works with aspiring authors to provide resources and help them get published, with a focus on New Orleans youth. Write On Press titles include Sweet Revenge by J.J. Haile and Crescent City Connection by Taymika G. Byrd