BlackInk New Writing Competition 2020: Your Voice, Your Eyes, Your Words, Your Story

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 3 August 2020, 11.59pm (BST)

Apply via email to with the subject line BlackInk Competition 2020.


Serendipity and Writing East Midlands are looking for creative writers from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora based in the UK to submit short stories for BlackInk: New Writing Competition.

The initiative seeks to showcase new short fiction, applicants are invited to submit stories of up to 3,000 in any genre for consideration. The winning short stories will be published in BlackInk magazine for Black History Month in October 2020. The overall winner will receive £500 in prize money. Up to two runners-up will receive £250 each. In addition, all three will be given free entry to The Writers’ Conference, which is organised annually by Writing East Midlands to give new writers access to leading publishing industry professionals.

To enter this competition, applicants should:

  • Write a short story with a maximum of 3,000 words
  • Save their work as a pdf document, be labelled as “Your Name_Story Title”
  • Ensure that the work submitted is previously unpublished and the applicant’s own original idea
  • Include a short biography (100 words) and photograph of the author in the submission email.

Please send applications via email to with the subject line BlackInk Competition 2020.

Deadline for applications: 3 August 2020, 11.59pm (BST)

Terms and conditions apply. Please read these carefully before entering.

1. This competition is led and promoted by Serendipity in partnership with Writing East Midlands.

2. This competition is open to all UK residents except employees of Serendipity and Writing East Midlands, their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.

3. You must be over 18 years old to enter this competition.

4. How to enter: all submissions must be uploaded in PDF format and sent to with the subject line BlackInk Competition 2020.

5. The closing date for entries is at 11:59 BST on 3 August 2020. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

6. Applicants must be from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and be based in the UK.

7. The shortlist of 3 stories, chosen by the judges, will be announced in August 2020. Applicants will be notified by email. The organisers reserve the right to select different winners if those initially chosen do not confirm their participation within 10 days of notification.

8. The winner will receive £500. Up to two runners-up will receive £250. Their stories will be published as part of BlackInk magazine in October 2020 for Black History Month.

9. No purchase necessary.

10. Short stories should be no longer than 3,000 words.

11. We may use the winner’s biographies and photograph for promotional purposes.

12. Only one entry allowed per person.

13. The author’s name must be clearly stated in the application

14. Submissions should be final drafts, in prose and written in English (with the exception of the use of dialects or use of other languages as a narrative device).

15. All short stories must be the entrants own original work, and should be previously unpublished (this includes self-published).

16. No prize alternatives are available.

17. The organisers reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

18. You will retain all copyright in your submission. Serendipity will retain publishing rights for the winners. By submitting your short story, you agree that Serendipity may share your submission with their affiliates for the purpose of reviewing it.

19. By entering this competition, you are agreeing that, if you win, your name and entry may be a) used for the purpose of announcing the winner and/or distributed to individuals who request details of the winner and/or b) in any related publicity by Serendipity and its partners, without additional payment or permission.

20. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.

21. All entrants are expected to act fairly and in the good spirit of the competition. Serendipity reserves the right to investigate any irregularities and disqualify entrants at its absolute discretion.

22. Any personal information you give us will be used by Serendipity solely for reviewing your submission and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement.

23. Serendipity will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and Serendipity can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.

24. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and
Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

About Writing East Midlands 

Writing East Midlands is the literature development agency for the region. We support writers at various stages in their careers, connecting them with opportunities, and helping them to help themselves. We do this by running workshops and writing courses, arranging mentoring relationships and
manuscript appraisals, offering one-to-one career development sessions, organising conferences and helping with festivals and events around the region.